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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Hunting hybrid vigor in corn

Researcher Jeffrey Chen has $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to investigate hybrid vigor in corn.

Researcher Jeffrey Chen has $2.5 million National Science Foundation grant to investigate hybrid vigor in corn.

In 2008, Jeff Chen caused a stir in the world of plant biology when he identified a key mechanism of “hybrid vigor” in the common experimental plant, Arabidopsis.

Now, thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, he and his colleagues are expanding their investigation of hybrid vigor to corn, which is the biggest crop in the United States. Advances in understanding hybrid vigor
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