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Cultivation and seed production techniques of the opaque 2 maize crop

Objective


Though several cereals may be produced in excess within the European Community (EC) their protein content and quality, mainly determined by their amino acid composition, leads to a situation where still considerable import takes place. In this situation imporvement of protein quality is highly required. To some extent this can be attained by balanced fertilizer applications; potentially more progress may be expected from plant breeding programmes.

Research concentrated on improving agronomic techniques for cultivation and seed production in opaque 2 maize (Zea may). This genotype, through characterized by high protein content, has several drawbacks that make it less acceptable to the farmer for cultivation. The experiment led to a better definition of optimal cultivation conditions, time of sowing and harvesting, sowing density, nitrogen fertilization rate, plant protection, which however will only result in marginal improvement to the practical farmer.

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UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
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LARGO GEMELLI 1
20123 MILANO
Italy

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