By Ed Coe (auth.), Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, Sarah Hake (eds.)
Handbook of Maize
Edited via Jeff Bennetzen and Sarah Hake
Maize is among the world’s maximum price plants, with a multibillion buck annual contribution to agriculture. the nice adaptability and excessive yield of maize as a meals, feed and forage crop have ended in its creation on a huge scale, with acreage increasing on the price of different plants. Maize has constructed in its non-food utilization, comprising an immense resource of ethanol for gasoline within the usa. furthermore, maize has occupied heart level within the transgenic plant controversy, serving as one of many first nutrients vegetation with commercialized transgenic kinds. the discharge of the genome series of maize in 2008 will point out the constitution and gene content material of the 1st average-size plant genome and should be the main complicated genome sequenced from any organism thus far.
Beyond its significant agricultural and fiscal contributions, maize has been a version species for genetics because it used to be the 1st plant to have a genetic map, at the beginning released by means of Emerson and co-workers in 1935. Such principal genetic phenomena as transposable components, nucleolar organizers, telomeres and epigenetic gene rules have been found first in maize, and later stumbled on to be common eukaryotic genome homes. those key genetic contributions proceed, together with taking the lead within the characterization of the evolution of the hugely risky genomes so universal in flowering crops.
Among plant technology researchers, maize has the second one biggest examine neighborhood, trailing in simple terms the Arabidopsis group. regardless of the scale and scope of this neighborhood, a entire e-book at the biology of maize – concentrating on genetics, genomics or total biology - has no longer been released. for that reason, a latest and complete quantity at the prestige (and destiny) of maize as a species for organic examine is very warranted.
Handbook of Maize: Genetics and Genomics facilities at the previous, current and way forward for maize as a version for plant genetics and crop development. The e-book comprises chapters from the major maize specialists at the function of maize within the starting place of plant genetics, in glossy crop development and within the research of genome constitution, functionality and evolution.
Jeff Bennetzen, Ph.D. is the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of Molecular Biology and useful Genomics on the collage of Georgia, and can also be a Georgia examine Alliance Eminent student. He has studied the constitution and evolution of the maize genome for the final 28 years.
Sarah Hake, Ph.D. is the Director of the Plant Gene Expression middle of the USA division of Agriculture – Agricultural study carrier and collage of California, Berkeley. She can also be an accessory Professor within the division of Plant and Microbial Biology at U. C. Berkeley. She has labored on maize all through her clinical profession.