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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics

PI: Ronald L. Phillips

Transforming Corn From a Commodity Crop to a Higher-Energy, Multipurpose Biofuel Crop

These researchers investigated Korean High Oil (KHO), a previously uncharacterized corn germplasm with unusually high levels of oil in the kernel. They developed a composite genetic linkage map and performed near-infrared spectroscopy to measure the oil and starch concentrations. Their investigations indicated that a certain extra phenylalanine is present in high-oil germplasm and probably reflects a key enzyme responsible for increased oil biosynthesis. This phenylalanine is also present in KHO.

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Kiran Seth, Research Associate
Adrian Stec, Staff
Jayanti Suresh, Staff