A genetic analysis of ancient and modern maize has revealed the crop’s complex domestication history. It began as a Mexican wild grass and developed into the plant capable of being used to produce corn porridge and tortillas.
Many modern crops have lost their ability to produce certain defence chemicals, making them vulnerable to attack by pathogens. Scientists are exploring ways to help protect maize by re-arming it with its ancestral chemical weapons.
Recently released is the English sub-titled trailer of the full film on Séralini’s controversial GMO study - the only long-term peer study on the commercialized GM NK603 maize and the pesticide Roundup ever done.
A decision as to a widespread planting of genetically modified (GM) corn or transgenic maize in Mexico will not be made under the outgoing government of President Felipe Calderón. It will now await until sometime next spring.
The results of a two-year feeding trial were released yesterday, with details of tumors and mortality in rats, and a telebriefing conference was held which has now been released as an audio file.
A new discovery in Peru suggests early inhabitants ate corn 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.
An unearthing of ancient corncobs, husks, stalks and tassels were unearthed and date back approximately 6,700 to 3,000 years ago.
Farmers in Kenya may have a new ally in their battle against weeds and pests. Scientists at the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology have developed a growing method for maize called the push pull method.