A genetic secret lurks in America’s favorite snack

Different types of popcorn illustrate some of the genomic diversity found in a University of Illinois study.  The findings could facilitate future breeding efforts to create tastier, easier-to-grow versions of America's favorite snack.

URBAN, Ill. — Popcorn, a seemingly simple snack, holds a hidden world of genetic diversity, according to researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The study, led by agricultural science researchers, explored the genetic code of popcorn and uncovered a wealth of untapped secrets that could have implications for both consumers and the agricultural industry. … Read more