Re: NANFA-- Genetically Modified Corn and its effect on the
Mon, 9 Sep 2002 12:03:55 EDT

In a message dated 9/9/02 11:44:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< A wild variety of corn would be in the 'hey, that's a neat
looking plant' category. I am sure that several of you have
seen native prarie grasses which sorta look like oat or
wheat plants


Sajjad, I am by no means an expert but I have a little knowledge about corn
(due to several non related factors it is of some interest to me) Corn Is
either the only or one of the very few domesticated plants that have no known
wild ancestors. The last I read it was suspected that corn is a hybrid of two
plants both of which are either extinct or so different from the Corn that
the plants connected are unknown. Corn as we know it does not exist in the
wild and is totally dependent on cultivation for it's survival. Genetic
studies also suggest corn is a hybrid of two or more distantly related
plants. Of course my information on this could be out dated but the kernel of
the truth is in there somewhere ;-)

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