Pioneering research in Brazil highlights corn varieties with high productivity and more resistant to fumonisins

Updated Nov 20, 2023
The Embrapa Corn and Sorgo Improvement Program (MG) selected tropical corn hybrids with a lower incidence of fumonisins in grains. Fumonisins are a type of mycotoxin, produced by fungi of the Fusarium genus, and are harmful to human and animal health. At the same time, researchers identified hybrids with high grain yields. The method used in the study was genomic selection, and was part of research developed in partnership with the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV). The study, carried out to meet the demand for healthy foods, pointed out that there is potential in the elite corn genetic material from Embrapa Milho e Sorgo for the development of cultivars with a low incidence of fumonisins in the grains and high productivity. These are two characteristics of agronomic interest that benefit human and animal health. According to the deputy head of Research & Development at Embrapa Milho e Sorgo, Maria Marta Pastina, leader of this research, “genomic selection makes it possible to ...
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