Maize varieties are often bred for higher yields, but what if they could also improve soil health?

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Researchers from CIMMYT, the University of Edinburgh, the James Hutton Institute and the University of Sheffield are researching the genetic potential of maize varieties to improve plant-associated microbial community development, carbon and nitrogen cycling processes, and increase the retention of organic soil matter. In the photo below, post-doc Lumbani Mwafulirwa at Edinburgh University is testing the effect of maize varieties from Zimbabwe on soil nutrient and organic matter processes.

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