Crops can be strong and sensitive

The genes in maize that influence environmental sensitivity are largely independent of the genes that influence mean trait values.

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Fig. 1: Finlay–Wilkinson regressions for three lines.


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Walsh, B. Crops can be strong and sensitive. Nature Plants 3, 694–695 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0012-x

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