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Différentes variétés de plants de maïs cultivés sur le terrain agricole expérimental du Moulon

Several varieties of maize being grown on an experimental farm in Le Moulon, in the Paris region. The varieties are grown in 3 m rows. Some plants develop earlier than others, depending on their genetic makeup. The row on the right has reached maturity, with fully developed ears and panicles. The row on the left is still in the growth phase. Scientists at the Quantitative Genetics and Evolution unit in Le Moulon are studying the genetic, epigenetic and molecular control of qualitative and quantitative characteristics and their importance in the adaptation and evolutionary history of plant species. They optimise selection processes based on target characteristics (such as growth, development and adaptation), taking advantage of breakthroughs in genomics and genetic resources, and allowing for changes in environmental conditions and farming methods.

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