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Researchers find boron facilitates stem cell development in corn

Aug. 28, 2014, Missouri – Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that boron plays an integral role in development and reproduction in corn plants.

The research evaluated a group of plants stunted by its ability to grow tassels. Kim Phillips, a graduate student, mapped the corn plant’s genome and found that a genetic mutation stunted tassel growth because it was unable to transport boron across the plant membranes, inhibiting further growth in the plants.

Scientists anticipate that understanding how corn uses the nutrient can help farmers make informed decisions in boron deficient areas and improve crop yields. | READ MORE


August 28, 2014
By University of Missouri