Research seeks aflatoxin resistance

By | April 15, 2010
After identifying a gene associated with aflatoxins in corn, Texas AgriLife Research scientists are harnessing that information to create an aflatoxin-resistant line of corn. Although it's good news that researchers have identified the gene associated with aflatoxin contamination, developing new varieties will take years. With a $500,000 USDA grant, Mike Kolomiets, an associate professor in Texas A&M University Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Seth Murray, corn genetics researcher, and Tom Isakiet, plant pathologist, have started a four-year project to apply the information to corn breeding.