By Dave Jackson (auth.), Jeff L. Bennetzen, Sarah C. Hake (eds.)
Maize is among the world’s optimum price plants, with a multibillion buck annual contribution to agriculture. the good adaptability and excessive yield of maize as a foodstuff, feed and forage crop have resulted in its construction on a huge scale, with acreage increasing on the rate of alternative plants. Maize has built in its non-food utilization, comprising an incredible resource of ethanol for gas within the usa. furthermore, maize has occupied heart level within the transgenic plant controversy, serving as one of many first meals plants 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 may be the main complicated genome sequenced from any organism so far.
Beyond its significant agricultural and monetary 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 through Emerson and co-workers in 1935. Such imperative genetic phenomena as transposable components, nucleolar organizers, telomeres and epigenetic gene legislation have been found first in maize, and later came upon 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 volatile genomes so universal in flowering crops.
Among plant technology researchers, maize has the second one greatest examine group, trailing merely the Arabidopsis neighborhood. regardless of the dimensions and scope of this neighborhood, a finished publication at the biology of maize – concentrating on genetics, genomics or total biology - has now not been released. as a result, a contemporary and entire quantity at the prestige (and destiny) of maize as a species for organic research is very warranted.
Handbook of Maize: Its Biology facilities at the previous, current and way forward for maize as a version for plant technological know-how examine and crop development. The publication contains short, concentrated chapters from the key maize specialists and contours a succinct choice of informative pictures representing the maize germplasm assortment.
Jeff Bennetzen, Ph.D. is the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of Molecular Biology and practical Genomics on the collage of Georgia, and is additionally a Georgia study 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 guts Director of the Plant Gene Expression heart of the U.S. division of Agriculture – Agricultural study carrier and college 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 medical profession.
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