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Food for Health Seminar Series – Sherry Flint-Garcia

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Allie Claypool, (402) 472-1862,
Dr. Sherry Flint-Garcia, from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service and University of Missouri, will present virtually as part of the Food for Health Seminar Series.

Title: The Genetics and Consequences of Maize Domestication and Breeding: Can We Make a Better Tasting Corn?

Abstract: The processes of domestication and breeding have had serious consequences on modern maize, particularly for the genes that are directly responsible for the transitions from the weedy teosinte ancestor to landrace populations to modern corn. These genes include genes involved in kernel size and composition traits, as these traits were targets of selection during domestication and breeding. In addition, the focus on yield as the primary trait of interest in the private sector for the last century has resulted in a loss of variation for food quality traits. My research program focuses on seed traits and seeks to integrate research on inbreeding and adaptation to develop better tasting and more nutritious food corn.

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This event originated in Nebraska Food for Health Center.