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Omaha World Herald: Corn science meets Darwin

Published: 4 May 2010

Researchers have discovered a savvy adaptation by the European corn borer, widespread across American cornfields, to harvesting. The finding would be familiar to Darwinism.

Researchers have discovered a savvy adaptation by the European corn borer, widespread across American cornfields, to harvesting. The finding would be familiar to Darwinism. Cornstalks are usually cut off at a height of six inches to 15 inches at harvest. Vincent Calcagno, a biologist at McGill University in Montreal, reports using both field and laboratory tests to discover that corn borers travel down the cornstalk to a safe height before they spin their winter cocoons.

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