Science: Corn Goes Home

Iowa's famed tall corn is getting too big for its roots. Now some lowans would like to breed back into U.S. corn the qualities which were sacrificed for bumper size and bumper production. They would like to reinvigorate corn with greater root strength and resistance to heat, drought, insects and disease.

Two such corn-doctors are Iowa State College's President Charles E. Friley and Professor I. E. Melhus. Firmly believing that the way to study a plant is to go back to its place of origin, they were in Guatemala recently putting the final touches to a namey venture called the Iowa State...

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