Protecting Organic Corn


Workshop audio recordings from the 2015 MOSES Organic Farming Conference.


Presenter: Frank Kutka, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society
Saturday 3

Corn, which is wind pollinated, is especially susceptible to crossing with transgenic varieties not allowed in organic agriculture. Rather than give up this profitable crop, organic farmers may prevent unwanted outcrossing by using naturally occurring traits to reduce fertilization from undesirable pollen. Learn about the genetic sources of these “gametophytic incompatibility” traits and current breeding projects focused on protecting the integrity of organic corn seed and grain.