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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Breeding Corn for Resistance to Aflatoxin Contamination

Location: Corn Host Plant Resistance Research

Project Number: 6406-21000-013-01
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 01, 2013
End Date: Jun 30, 2015

Objective:
Objectives are (1) to develop and advance corn breeding lines with resistance to aflatoxin accumulation and (2) to evaluate experimental corn hybrids for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation and other desirable agronomic characteristics. The results of this research will help to commercialize corn hybrids with resistance to aflatoxin accumulation in the grain.

Approach:
Corn breeding lines will be developed from germplasm previously identified as potential sources of resistance to aflatoxin accumulation and newly identified germplasm using conventional and molecular marker assisted breeding methods. Germplasm lines will be grown in replicated field tests, inoculated with Aspergillus flavus, and evaluated for subsequent aflatoxin accumulation.

Last Modified: 9/22/2014
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