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Progress in developing drought tolerant corn

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Drought in corn and soybean growing areas of the Midwestern U.S. in the summer of 2012 and again this year has heightened interest in the development of drought tolerant corn.  Africa corn growers have had an ongoing intense interest because of recurring droughts.  The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) recently re-released Progress in Achieving and Delivering Drought Tolerance in Maize – An Update authored by Greg O. Edmeades, former leader of the maize drought program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico, that had been originally released in February of this year.  He wrote a similar update in 2008.

According to Dr. Edmeades, “Tremendous progress has been made in the past four years in developing drought tolerant products – both in temperate and in tropical maize.”

Read the full, original story here: “Progress in Developing Drought Tolerant Corn” 

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