Researchers to study corn-soil fungi interactions, symbiosis | Community News

A team of Penn State plant scientists has received a grant of nearly $1.25 million from the US Department of Agriculture to study the interactions between corn and soil fungi, with the aim of boosting crop resilience and production, according to a release from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences.

The four-year award, through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will allow the researchers to determine which corn varieties and which corn genes promote the greatest benefit from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, related to efficient fertilizer use and dealing with stresses such as drought and disease.

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