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Creating corn for cars
A new variety of corn developed and patented by Michigan State University scientists could turn corn leaves and stalks into products that are just as valuable as the golden kernels. Right now, most US ethanol is made from corn kernels. This is because breaking down the cellulose in corn leaves and stalks into sugars that can be fermented into ethanol is difficult and expensive. (2007-05-04)

Study finds nutritional value for co-products from the human food industry in pig feed
Co-products from the human food industry offer a lower-cost alternative to cereal grains in diets fed to pigs. Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the nutritional value of these ingredients so that producers can make informed choices about incorporating them into swine diets, said Hans H. Stein, a University of Illinois animal science researcher. (2014-01-29)

White rot fungus boosts ethanol production from corn stalks, cobs and leaves
Scientists are reporting new evidence that a white rot fungus shows promise in the search for a way to use waste corn stalks, cobs and leaves -- rather than corn itself -- to produce ethanol to extend supplies of gasoline. Their study on using the fungus to break down the tough cellulose and related material in this so-called (2012-07-11)

Doubling a gene in corn results in giant biomass
University of Illinois plant geneticist Stephen Moose has developed a corn plant with enormous potential for biomass, literally. It yields corn that would make good silage, Moose said, due to a greater number of leaves and larger stalk, which could also make it a good energy crop. (2009-03-02)

Tests show biotech corn rules need revision
Corn pollen carrying the Bt gene can move 100 feet into non-Bt corn fields. Guidelines to delay the evolution of Bt resistance in insects will need to be revised, UA researcher says. (2004-05-10)

University of Guelph study assesses environmental impact of Ontario corn production
Researchers at the University of Guelph examined the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with corn production in Ontario. Their findings are published today in the Agricultural Institute of Canada's Canadian Journal of Soil Science. (2014-02-14)

New study compiles four years of corn loss data from 26 states and Ontario, Canada
Plant pathologists working at universities across 26 corn-producing states in the United States and in Ontario, Canada, compiled data about annual corn reductions caused by diseases. Estimated loss from each disease varied greatly by region. (2021-01-15)

Corn co-products from wet milling may be included in pig diets, study shows
Because little information about corn co-products produced from the wet milling industry has been reported, research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the nutritional value of four of these co-products so that producers and companies can incorporate these ingredients into swine diets. (2015-01-28)

In Wisconsin, 75 percent of economic benefit of Bt corn goes to farmers who don't plant it
Widespread planting of genetically modified Bt corn throughout the Upper Midwest has suppressed populations of the European corn borer, a major insect pest of corn, with the majority of the economic benefits going to growers who do not plant Bt corn, reports a multistate team of scientists in the Oct. 8 edition of the journal Science. (2010-10-07)

Feeding corn germ to pigs does not affect growth performance
Inclusion of corn germ in swine diets can reduce diet costs, depending on the local cost of corn germ and other ingredients. Recent research conducted at the University of Illinois indicates that corn germ can be included at up to 30 percent in diets fed to growing pigs. (2013-04-01)

Genetically modified crop resistance to pests benefits non-modified crop, U of Minnesota study finds
Transgenic corn's resistance to pests has benefitted even nontransgenic corn, a new study led by scientists from the University of Minnesota shows. (2010-10-07)

Tillage and cover cropping effects on grain production
Soybean yields decreased when planted after cereal rye. (2020-06-04)

Water mold research leads to greater understanding of corn diseases
Corn is a staple feed and biofuel crop with a value close to $3.7 billion in the Michigan economy alone. However, knowledge about seedling pathogens in Michigan corn fields is limited. A group of scientists at Michigan State University set out to gain a better understanding of the composition of seedling pathogens, with results that will aid disease management research not only in corn but in rotational crops such as soybean and wheat. (2019-11-06)

Northern corn leaf blight genes identified in new study
Midwestern corn growers know the symptoms of northern corn leaf blight all too well: greenish-gray lesions on the leaves that can add up to major yield losses if not detected and treated early. Corn resistance genes have been identified, but the fungal disease has found ways to sneak around corn's defenses. Now, researchers have discovered how the fungus is outsmarting corn, and they may be able to use this information to help corn fight back. (2018-01-11)

Study shows more corn for biofuels would hurt water
More of the fertilizers and pesticides used to grow corn would find their way into nearby water sources if ethanol demands lead to planting more acres in corn, according to a Purdue University study. (2009-09-28)

Building a corn cob--cell by cell, gene by gene
CSHL scientists analyzed where and when thousands of genes are activated in baby corn. This allowed them to build an anatomical map of important developmental genes that can be manipulated to improve crop yield and resilience. (2021-01-26)

Ancient dirty pottery may hold key to Iroquoian origin
The last thing most people want is food-encrusted pots, but to one Penn State archaeologist, burned-on, crusty old food may be a key to determining the origins of the Iroquois. (2000-04-06)

New study reveals that insecticides from genetically modified corn are present in adjacent streams
A new study by University of Notre Dame ecologist Jennifer Tank and colleagues reveals that streams throughout the Midwest are receiving transgenic materials from corn crop byproducts, even six months after harvest. (2010-09-28)

Pure fructose frequently confused with high fructose corn syrup
As researchers continue to examine the role of sweeteners in the diet, it's important that people understand the differences among various ingredients used in scientific studies, according to the Corn Refiners Association. Interchanging two distinctly different ingredients, such as pure fructose and high fructose corn syrup, creates factually incorrect conclusions and misleads consumers. (2009-03-04)

Fat digestibility in pigs study looks at oils in soybeans, corn co-products
Pork producers need accurate information on the energy value of fat in feed ingredients to ensure that diets are formulated economically and in a way that maximizes pork fat quality. Researchers at the University of Illinois have determined the true ileal and total tract digestibility of fat in four corn co-products, as well as in full fat soybeans and corn oil. (2013-07-30)

Corn farmers can apply a fungicide just once to protect against foliar diseases
'Our findings suggest that Kentucky corn growers likely can rely on a more cost-effective single fungicide application at R1 for foliar disease management and improve return on fungicide investment rather than making multiple applications at different times,' said Bradley. (2020-10-05)

Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn
Pollen genes mutate naturally in only some strains of corn, according to Rutgers-led research that helps explain the genetic instability in certain strains and may lead to better breeding of corn and other crops. (2019-04-15)

Cooking sweet corn boosts disease-fighting nutrients
Cooking sweet corn unleashes beneficial nutrients that can substantially reduce the chance of heart disease and cancer, according to Cornell University food scientists. (Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Aug. 14, 2002). (2002-08-09)

Blue and purple corn: Not just for tortilla chips anymore
Consumers today insist on all-natural everything, and food dyes are no exception. Even if food manufacturers are willing to make the change, current sources of natural dyes are expensive and hard to come by. Now, a large University of Illinois project is filling the gap with colored corn. (2017-05-17)

How sweet is it?
To assist corn producers and the agricultural industry with meeting consumer demand for this sweet, nutritrious vegetable, researchers have developed a new tool, or (2007-11-05)

Sweeten up your profits with the right hybrid
New University of Illinois sweet corn research shows that higher yield and profitability are possible with greater plant populations of certain hybrids. (2012-01-23)

First evidence that weed killers improve nutritional value of a key food crop
Scientists are reporting for the first time that the use of weed killers in farmers' fields boosts the nutritional value of an important food a crop. Application of two common herbicides to several varieties of sweet corn significantly increased the amount of key nutrients termed carotenoids in the corn kernels, according to a study scheduled for publication in the July 22 issue of ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. (2009-07-08)

Living mulch builds profits, soil
Living mulch functions like mulch on any farm or garden except -- it's alive. No, it's not out of the latest horror movie; living mulch is a system farmers can use to benefit both profits and the soil. While the system has been around for a while, scientists at the University of Georgia are making it more efficient and sustainable. (2017-10-18)

Bt sweet corn can reduce insecticide use
A new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology suggests that Bt sweet corn is better for the environment because it requires fewer pesticide applications than conventional corn. (2013-10-06)

NYU researchers find that genetically engineered corn releases insecticidal toxin into soil
Researchers at New York University have found that insect- killing toxin from Bt corn is released into soil from the roots. The scientists say more research is needed to determine whether this exuded toxin has a good, bad, or neutral effect on organisms in soil. (1999-12-12)

Rutgers scientists create high-protein corn with Third World potential
Rutgers geneticists have devised a new approach to create a more nutritious corn without employing the controversial biotechnology used in genetically modified foods. Instead of adding foreign DNA to the corn, the researchers increased the plant's ability to produce more of its own naturally occurring protein by adjusting the genetic signals that control the process. (2002-06-04)

U of I researchers say foliar fungicides may not be the answer for hail-damaged corn
University of Illinois researchers may have debunked the myth that foliar fungicides can improve corn's tolerance to hail damage. (2010-03-30)

Giving a chip about masa
Scientists call for more research into food grade corn breeding, production (2019-07-17)

Experiment station researcher looking for missing links in corn
A scientist with the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station said the development of corn with improved protein quality would reduce the need for soybean additives when feeding corn to swine and poultry. Corn is deficient in two essential amino acids, lysine and tryptophan. Increasing the relative content of these two amino acids is the project of corn researcher Dr. Javier Betran. (2004-07-07)

Transgenic corn suppresses European corn borer, saves farmers billions
Transgenic corn's suppression of the European corn borer has saved Midwest farmers billions of dollars in the past decade, reports a new study in Science. (2010-10-07)

Scientists say consumers confused about sugars
Three top researchers corrected inaccuracies and misunderstandings concerning high fructose corn syrup's impact on the American diet. They also examined how the US Department of Agriculture considers this sweetener in light of the upcoming 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in a session, (2009-06-08)

Threats to health reduced with Bt corn hybrids
The recent approval and commercial release of genetically modified, insect-resistant corn hybrids (Bt corn) represents the culmination of decades of research. This innovative technology has a distinct health benefit of discouraging the build up of mycotoxins in corn, potentially dangerous human and animal toxins produced by fungi that cause plant disease. (1999-10-17)

Researchers Develop Superior Method For Producing Butanol
Butanol producers may return to the corn fields following a dramatic improvement in the fermentation process that is making the corn-based version of the chemical more than 60 percent cheaper to produce than with traditional fermentation processes. (1997-09-05)

Corn Rootworm Changing Behavior, Posing New Threat To Crops
Crop rotation is failing as a defense against Western corn rootworms in a growing number of Midwest fields. The beetles have adapted, are spreading and pose a threat to corn crops this year, say scientists at the University of Illinois. (1998-02-06)

Genes for drought-tolerance, aflatoxin may mingle to boost corn production
Scientists plan to put two and two together in a study that will likely yield improved US corn quality and yields. Two traits that impact corn -- drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance -- will be examined by two researchers hoping to use basic scientific discoveries to improve products at the farm level. Basic science has already identified the drought- and aflatoxin-related genes at Texas AgriLife Research. This study will attempt to apply them for field crops. (2010-01-04)

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