Corn School: Gibberella Infection Pathways & Breeding for Resistance

Gibberella ear rot. Photo credit: Lyndsey Smith, 2016

Did you know in-bred(parent)┬ácorn lines are short wee things? And that gibberella genetic resistance is a multi-gene trait? If ever you’ve been curious as to where hybrid corn lines originate, this latest Corn School is for you.

RealAgriculture’s Lyndsey Smith visited Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm to meet with Dr. Lana Reid, corn breeder for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to talk the dreaded gibberella ear rot. In this Corn School you’ll learn about genetic resistance, the two ways corn can be infected, how infested corn may impact quality and marketing options for the crop, and, why harvest timing is such a race against the clock.

Check it out below, then click here for more Corn School episodes.

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