A diet of corn is turning wild hamsters in north-eastern France into mad cannibals that devour their offspring.
Since the domestication of corn, there have been many genetically modified versions created to date. So how does the sweet corn we enjoy today compare to that served at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621?
Hungry, corn-loving caterpillars trick corn plants into thinking they are being attacked by a pathogen which buys them time to eat more and grow larger faster.
No, we are not talking about some Tolkienesque fantasy cash crop here, but researches have indeed found a way to dwarf their corn stalks while maintaining high yield - all so they can grow them in abandoned mines and caves.
Increasingly harsh drought conditions in the US Midwest's Corn Belt may take a serious toll on corn and soybean yields over the next half-century, according to research published today in the journal Science.