Healthier maize available for development

by Jeremy Cherfas on April 2, 2013


The real subject of this picture is not the yellow ear front and centre, but the orange ones in the background. They represent a high-carotene variety that could add to the arsenal of foods targeted at vitamin A deficiency. This orange maize was bred by a backyard breeder who is looking to share the variety with people who could help to take it further. The variety is “particularly suited to 30-36 degrees of latitude,” so any researchers in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere who might be interested in continued development, leave a comment here. The breeder is being supported by Seed Matters, and they’ll be keeping an eye on this post to follow up directly.

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Jay Bost April 2, 2013 at 7:55 am

very interested…


Matthew April 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Hi Jay – I think you have my email from a fellowship inquiry? You’re at Univ of Hawaii, right? If not send me a message via Seed Matters facebook page and I will make email intros with the corn breeder.


Abram Bicksler May 14, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Very interested to try for our partners and development workers in the developing world.


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