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Improving the productivity of the corn plant

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board is investing checkoff funds to increase the efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of corn production. Projects include research to improve control of seedling diseases in corn, phenotyping to unlock the secrets of the corn genome, water quality monitoring and the development of traits to improve the use of nitrogen fertilizer using biotechnology.  Iowa Corn continues to leverage the corn genome to gain understanding of how the corn plant works, so as to improve our ability to get more productivity out of an acre of ground.

The key objectives of this research are to:

  • Convert the corn genome sequence into functional knowledge
  • Develop biotechnology traits for improved nitrogen utilization
  • Support research to improve the efficiency of corn production
  • Improve water quality


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