(AP) -- University of Illinois
researchers will be able to look for ozone-resistant corn thanks to a $5.7
million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Researchers will screen different lines of corn. They say ozone can
cause major damage and yield reductions in crops. Its cost for corn is
estimated at $700 million a year across the world.
There's also a public-service portion of the grant. The researchers also
will use part of the money to expand an after-school plant biology program at Urbana Middle
School. They'll also set up a summer science day
camp at the Champaign-Urbana
University for middle school
and high school girls.