Grant will explore genetics of stress resistance in corn

Three-year, $2.1m grant will be used to help plant scientists study how corn responds to environmental stress.

A $2.1 million grant will help plant scientists at Iowa State University and other locations to study how corn responds to environmental stress at the genetic level.

The three-year grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation, could set the stage for plant breeders to develop corn varieties that are more resilient to adverse environmental conditions, such as heat waves.

Stephen Howell, a distinguished professor of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State who

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