Nature versus nurture: Environment exerts greater influence on corn health than genetics

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 09:00 in Biology & Nature

In one of the largest and most diverse leaf microbe studies to date, the team monitored the active bacteria on the leaves of 300 diverse lines of corn growing in a common environment. They were especially interested to see how corn genes affected bacteria and found there was little relationship between the two -- in fact, the bacteria were much more affected by the environment, although genetics still had a small role.

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