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Science/Medicine : 'More Efficient' Corn Hailed

September 28, 1987| Compiled from Staff and Wire Reports and

Scientists have successfully produced new, higher-yielding breeds of corn that consistently have faster rates of photosynthesis, the life process that green plants use to make food, the Agriculture Department said.

Doyle B. Peters, a research leader in the department's Agricultural Research Service at Urbana, Ill., said the seven-year project, now in its final year, leaves "no doubt that we have bred corn that manufactures its food more efficiently."

Breeding crops for higher rates of photosynthesis is a goal that has eluded scientists for many years, and "may not be possible with most crops, at least not with standard breeding techniques," Peters said.

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