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WSU research helps breed better-tasting sweet corn in $7.3 million grant

Posted by chagelganz | September 25, 2018

Lindsey du Toit, vegetable seed pathologist at Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Lindsey J. du ToitCenter at Mount Vernon, is a co-primary investigator on a $7.3 million, four-year grant to find the genetic traits that will make sweet corn taste better, last longer and grow better across the nation.

The project is funded by the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, led by scientists at the University of Florida, and includes research at Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin, and the USDA.

Demand for fresh market and frozen corn is increasing, and breeders need to be able to provide the best sweet corn seed possible as part of federal campaigns to encourage Americans to eat enough vegetables.

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