Low-carb corn on the way

Filed under: In The News — Tags: — @ May 8, 2004

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside announced a new strain of corn that has less carbs and twice the amount of protein. The method is briefly described:

bq. Flowers in the corn ear develop in pairs but one from each pair aborts before pollination can occur. Because of the role that the plant hormone, cytokinin, plays in preventing organ death, the authors reasoned that cytokinin might rescue those flowers, which were destined to abort. The research team introduced a gene that enabled production of cytokinin in developing flowers.

There is no word on when this could hit your dinner plate, but if any further developments break we’ll let you know.

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