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Gene Discovery and Product Development for Grain Quality Traits

The composition of oils, proteins, and carbohydrates in seeds of corn, soybean, and other crops has been modified to produce grains with enhanced value. Both plant breeding and molecular technologies have been used to produce plants carrying the desired traits. Genomics-based strategies for gene discovery, coupled with high-throughput transformation processes and miniaturized, automated analytical and functionality assays, have accelerated the identification of product candidates. Molecular marker–based breeding strategies have been used to accelerate the process of moving trait genes into high-yielding germplasm for commercialization. These products are being tested for applications in food, feed, and industrial markets.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Diagram, Photograph
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education

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Authors and Editors: Barbara Mazur of DuPont Agricultural Products Experimental Station, Enno Krebers of DuPont Agricultural Products Experimental Station, Scott Tingey of DuPont Agricultural Products Experimental Station
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