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National Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix

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Evolution of Corn

How did we get the familiar large yellow ear of corn today? Through the study of genetics, we know today that corn's wild ancestor is a grass called teosinte. Teosinte doesn't look much like maize, especially when you compare its kernals to those of corn. But at the DNA level, the two are surprisingly alike.

Genetic Science Learning Center
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