2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Science

An International Experience Exploring the Scientific and Cultural Aspects of Maize
Christopher R. Spencer
Dr. Brent Buckner, Faculty Mentor

To expose undergraduate students to scientists working on international efforts to improve maize, a group of Truman students participated in a scientific and cultural experience to New Mexico and Mexico. During this experience we visited the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) located in Texcoco, Mexico. While at CIMMYT we were exposed to the extraordinary genetic diversity of maize and wheat while learning about some of the challenges that face those who develop genetically improved plants for the developing world. While visiting CIMMYT, our group experienced Mexico on trips to the nearby pyramids at Teotihuacan, CIMMYT’s Tlaltizapan subtropical field station, and the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. En route to CIMMYT, the group visited the National Center for Genome Resources in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, we considered influences that human cultures have had on maize during visits to several museums and Bandelier National Monument.

Keywords: maize, International, CIMMYT

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 29-68
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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