A Century of Corn Selection

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Science  04 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5710, pp. 683-684
DOI: 10.1126/science.1105459

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For millennia, plant and animal breeders have used careful selection methods to obtain crops and livestock exhibiting enhanced desired traits of agronomic importance. In a Perspective, Hill explains progress toward understanding the sets of genes involved in selection of these traits. In particular he discusses a paper published elsewhere that details the genetics of two maize lines selected for one hundred generations to produce high and low concentrations of oil in the kernels.