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Scientific Secrets To Great Corn

Have you ever heard of QPM? It stands for "quality protein maize," a delicious and nutritious breed of corn that is anything but ordinary.


Photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

QPM is harvested at a trial site near the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) headquarters in Columbia.

QPM packs a serious protein punch. This newly developed hybrid provides ample nutrition, but it will also hold up in the handling process.

In the past, corn that was high in protein tended to have soft kernels. This was undesirable for farmers, because the corn was not durable enough to withstand harvesting, storing, and transportation.

Finding the perfect combination of tasty and tough took decades of scientific work!

Read More:

  • Secrets to Nutritious Corn Breed that Withstands the Rigors of Handling (ScienceDaily)
  • Rutgers Researchers Discover Secrets of Nutritious Corn Breed (RutgersUniversity)
Molly Plunkett

is a journalism student at Indiana University and an online producer for A Moment of Science. She is originally from Wheaton, IL.

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