Maize and the Origins of Plant Genetics.- East, Emerson, and the Birth of Maize Genetics.- Barbara McClintock.- The Birth of Maize Molecular Genetics.- Mutagenesis - the Key to Genetic Analysis.- Maize Improvement.- Development of Hybrid Corn and the Seed Corn Industry.- Maize and the Biotech Industry.- Modern Maize Breeding.- The Maize Genome.- Cytogenetics and Chromosomal Structural Diversity.- Maize Genome Structure and Evolution.- Genetic Diversity, Linkage Disequilibrium and Association Mapping.- The Polyploid Origin of Maize.- Maize Centromeres and Knobs (neocentromeres).- Transposons Ac/Ds, En/Spmand their Relatives in Maize.- Mutator and MULE transposons.- The LTR-Retrotransposons of Maize.- Helitrons: Their Impact on Maize Genome Evolution and Diversity.- Maize GEvo: A Comparative DNA Sequence Alignment Visualization and Research Tool.- Meiotic Genes and Meiosis in Maize.- Homologous Recombination in Maize.- Paramutation: Heritable in TransEffects.- Imprinting in Maize.- Chromatin, DNA Methylation, RNAi and Epigenetic Regulation.- The B Chromosome of Maize.- Mitochondria and Chloroplasts.- Maize Genetic and Genomic Technologies.- Genetic Mapping and Maps.- Genetic Analyses with Oat-Maize Addition and Radiation Hybrid Lines.- Maize Chromosome Tools: Quantitative Changes in Chromatin.- Transposon Resources for Forward and Reverse Genetics in Maize.- TILLING and Point Mutation Detection.- Gene Expression Analysis.- Maize Transformation.- Doubled Haploids.- Databases and Data Mining.- Sequencing Genes and Gene Islands by Gene Enrichment.- Genes and Gene Families.- Maize Transcription Factors.- The Genetics and Biochemistry of Maize Zein Storage Proteins.- The Cytochrome P450 Superfamily of Monooxygenases.- Cell wall Biosynthetic Genes of Maize and their Potential for Bioenergy Production.- Future Prospects.- The Future of Maize.
Maize is one of the world's highest value crops, with a multibillion dollar annual contribution to agriculture. The great adaptability and high yields available for maize as a food, feed and forage crop have led to its current production on over 140 million hectares worldwide, with acreage continuing to grow at the expense of other crops. In terms of tons of cereal grain produced worldwide, maize has been number one for many years. Moreover, maize is expanding its contribution to non-food uses, including as a major source of ethanol as a fuel additive or fuel alternative in the US. In addition, maize has been at the center of the transgenic plant controversy, serving as the first food crop with released transgenic varieties. By 2008, maize will have its genome sequence released, providing the sequence of the first average-size plant genome (the four plant genomes that are now sequenced come from unusually tiny genomes) and of the most complex genome sequenced from any organism.
Among plant science researchers, maize has the second largest and most productive research community, trailing only the Arabidopsis community in scale and significance. At the applied research and commercial improvement levels, maize has no peers in agriculture, and consists of thousands of contributors worthwhile. A comprehensive book on the biology of maize has not been published.
The "Handbook of Maize: the Genetics and Genomics" center on the past, present and future of maize as a model for plant science research and crop improvement. The books include brief, focused chapters from the foremost maize experts and feature a succinct collection of informative images representing the maize germplasm collection.
A modern and comprehensive volume on the status and future of maize as a species for genetic and genomic study as well as a model system
Comprised of brief, focused chapters from the foremost maize experts