How corn's ancient ancestor swipes left on crossbreeding

May 27, 2019 - General

Determining how one species becomes distinct from another has been a subject of fascination dating back to Charles Darwin. New research led by Carnegie’s Matthew Evans and published in Nature Communications elucidates the mechanism that keeps maize distinct from its ancient ancestor grass, teosinte.

A teosinte plant growing in a corn field on the Stanford University campus
[Credit: Yongxian Lu]Speciation requires isolation. Sometimes…

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