(Posted Thu. Aug 30th, 2012)

Aug. 30: The second edition of the National Corn Growers Association’s Research Glossary is now available online. This glossary, which covers the terms most frequently used in agricultural discussions of genomics, genetics and biotechnology, provides a simple, accessible resource for those looking to better understand and communicate on programs such as the corn genome sequence.




Click here for the online glossary. A pocket guide version is also available through the mail by contacting NCGA at




“While farmers understand the important role research plays in modern agriculture, an enriched understanding of scientific terminology facilitates discussion,” said NCGA Research and Business Development Action Team Chair DeVonna Zeug. “We are extremely proud of NCGA’s work to advance biotechnology through projects such as the National Plant Genome Initiative, and the glossary builds upon these achievements.  In this edition, we have refined the glossary, improving and expanding our offering.  The tool will help those looking to delve into the discussion start with a common vocabulary that will facilitate an open, productive dialogue on the role of biotechnology in modern agriculture.”


NCGA has played a vital role in genomic research which includes spearheading the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI) in 1997.  NPGI, which has sequenced several plant genomes, completed the draft sequence of the corn genome in 2008.  In its next phase, the project will apply this knowledge to improve plant performance in the field as scientists develop new products and traits using this important information.