A fulcrum for sustainable production of maize and rice in Africa

Critical to our knowledge, the study detailed new insights on how, why, and to what degree maize and rice yield responses are expected to vary in sub-Saharan Africa. Credit: K. Amouzou/APNI Efforts to improve the yields of staple cereal crops like maize and rice at scale in Africa remain seriously hampered by the effects of … Read more

Borrowed gene helps maize adapt to high elevations, cold temperatures

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Researchers at North Carolina State University show that an important gene in maize called HPC1 modulates certain chemical processes that contribute to flowering time, and has its origins in “teosinte mexicana,” a precursor to modern-day corn that grows wild in the highlands of Mexico . The findings provide insight into plant … Read more