Comments on: Commercial corn varieties lose ability to communicate with their own defenders http://www.esa.org/esablog/research/commercial-corn-varieties-lose-ability-to-communicate-with-their-own-defenders/ from the Ecological Society of America. Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:50:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 By: M. Jahi Chappell http://www.esa.org/esablog/research/commercial-corn-varieties-lose-ability-to-communicate-with-their-own-defenders/comment-page-1/#comment-36130 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:25:04 +0000 http://www.esa.org/esablog/?p=6147#comment-36130 This should be utterly unsurprising (which doesn’t stop it from being a neat and well-done piece of work!) Life history theory should straightforwardly imply that commercially cultivated varieties — which are put under immense selection pressure for characteristics like rapid growth, response to synthetic N, proper stalk hardiness for mechanized harvesting, etc. — would be losing (or already have lost) any number of other ecologically significant characteristics. (Not to mention the accumulating evidence of changes–decreases–in nutritional content of many varieties.)

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By: Coen Bruin http://www.esa.org/esablog/research/commercial-corn-varieties-lose-ability-to-communicate-with-their-own-defenders/comment-page-1/#comment-35678 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 06:56:08 +0000 http://www.esa.org/esablog/?p=6147#comment-35678 Well-written and an interesting read. Keep ‘em coming!

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