By Ed Coe (auth.), Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, Sarah Hake (eds.)
Handbook of Maize
Edited through Jeff Bennetzen and Sarah Hake
Maize is likely one of the world’s optimum worth plants, with a multibillion greenback annual contribution to agriculture. the nice adaptability and excessive yield of maize as a foodstuff, feed and forage crop have ended in its construction on an important scale, with acreage increasing on the price of different vegetation. Maize has built in its non-food utilization, comprising a tremendous resource of ethanol for gasoline within the usa. moreover, maize has occupied middle level within the transgenic plant controversy, serving as one of many first nutrition plants with commercialized transgenic types. 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 up to now.
Beyond its significant agricultural and monetary contributions, maize has been a version species for genetics because it was once the 1st plant to have a genetic map, at first released through Emerson and associates in 1935. Such imperative genetic phenomena as transposable components, nucleolar organizers, telomeres and epigenetic gene legislation have been came across first in maize, and later came across to be common eukaryotic genome houses. 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 vegetation.
Among plant technology researchers, maize has the second one biggest examine neighborhood, trailing simply the Arabidopsis neighborhood. regardless of the scale and scope of this neighborhood, a complete e-book at the biology of maize – concentrating on genetics, genomics or total biology - has no longer been released. for this reason, a contemporary and entire quantity at the prestige (and destiny) of maize as a species for organic learn is very warranted.
Handbook of Maize: Genetics and Genomics facilities at the prior, current and way forward for maize as a version for plant genetics and crop development. The publication comprises chapters from the major maize specialists at the position of maize within the starting place of plant genetics, in smooth crop development and within the examine of genome constitution, functionality and evolution.
Jeff Bennetzen, Ph.D. is the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of Molecular Biology and sensible Genomics on the college of Georgia, and can also be a Georgia learn Alliance Eminent pupil. 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 us division of Agriculture – Agricultural examine provider and college of California, Berkeley. She can be an accessory Professor within the division of Plant and Microbial Biology at U. C. Berkeley. She has labored on maize all through her medical profession.