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Planche de feuilles de maïs matures

A plate of mature maize leaves produced for the maize development dynamics study. Scientists are interested in estimating the surface area and shape of the leaves, by making measurements at regular intervals on several plants with different genotypes. These measurements are used to describe each genotype. 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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