Corn's Genome Flexibility Makes It Adaptable to Changing Climate (image) Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Share Print E-Mail Caption As the Earth's climate warms, growing zones for the staple crops its 7 billion people depend upon will shift. The new reference genome for maize, or corn, shows that it is perhaps uniquely adaptable to changes in growing conditions. The flexibility is due to the way the genes of its 10 chromosomes are regulated, ie, turned on and off at particular times. Credit Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.