Handbook of Maize

Genetics and Genomics

  • Jeffrey L. Bennetzen
  • Sarah Hake

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Maize and the Origins of Plant Genetics

    1. Lee B. Kass, Paul Chomet
      Pages 17-52
    2. L. Curtis Hannah, Drew Schwartz
      Pages 53-62
    3. M. G. Neuffer, Guri Johal, M. T. Chang, Sarah Hake
      Pages 63-84
  3. Maize Improvement

    1. G. Richard Johnson, Zoe P. McCuddin
      Pages 115-140
    2. Elizabeth A. Lee, William F. Tracy
      Pages 141-160
  4. The Maize Genome

    1. James A. Birchler, Hank W. Bass
      Pages 163-177
    2. Jeffrey L. Bennetzen
      Pages 179-199
    3. Antoni Rafalski, Evgueni Ananiev
      Pages 201-219
    4. Joachim Messing
      Pages 221-238
    5. R. Kelly Dawe
      Pages 239-250
    6. Jianbo Zhang, Thomas Peterson, Peter A. Peterson
      Pages 251-276
    7. Damon Lisch, Ning Jiang
      Pages 277-306
    8. Phillip SanMiguel, Clémentine Vitte
      Pages 307-327
    9. Shailesh K. Lal, Nikolaos Georgelis, Curtis L. Hannah
      Pages 329-339
    10. Eric Lyons, Sara Castelletti, Brent Pedersen, Damon Lisch, Michael Freeling
      Pages 341-351
    11. W. Zacheus Cande, Inna Golubovskaya, C. J. Rachel Wang, Lisa Harper
      Pages 353-375
    12. Hugo K. Dooner, An-Ping Hsia, Patrick S. Schnable
      Pages 377-403
    13. Maike Stam, Marieke Louwers
      Pages 405-427
    14. Nathan M. Springer, Jose F. Gutierrez-Marcos
      Pages 429-440
    15. Wayne Carlson
      Pages 459-480
    16. Kathleen J. Newton, David B. Stern, Susan Gabay-Laughnan
      Pages 481-503
  5. Maize Genetic and Genomic Technologies

    1. Karen C. Cone, Edward H. Coe
      Pages 507-522
    2. Ronald L. Phillips, Howard W. Rines
      Pages 523-538
    3. Donald R. McCarty, Robert B. Meeley
      Pages 561-584
    4. Clifford Weil, Rita Monde
      Pages 585-596
    5. David S. Skibbe, Virginia Walbot
      Pages 597-607
    6. Kan Wang, Bronwyn Frame, Yuji Ishida, Toshihiko Komari
      Pages 609-639
    7. Hartwig H. Geiger
      Pages 641-657
    8. Carolyn J. Lawrence, Doreen Ware
      Pages 659-672
    9. Pablo D. Rabinowicz, W. Brad Barbazuk
      Pages 673-689
  6. Genes and Gene Families

    1. Erich Grotewold, John Gray
      Pages 693-713
    2. Rebecca S. Boston, Brian A. Larkins
      Pages 715-730
  7. Future Prospects

    1. Jeffrey L. Bennetzen
      Pages 771-779
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 781-798

About this book


Handbook of Maize

Edited by Jeff Bennetzen and Sarah Hake


Maize is one of the world’s highest value crops, with a multibillion dollar annual contribution to agriculture. The great adaptability and high yield of maize as a food, feed and forage crop have led to its production on a massive scale, with acreage expanding at the expense of other crops. Maize has developed in its non-food usage, comprising a major source of ethanol for fuel in the United States. In addition, maize has occupied center stage in the transgenic plant controversy, serving as one of the first food crops with commercialized transgenic varieties. The release of the genome sequence of maize in 2008 will indicate the structure and gene content of the first average-size plant genome and will be the most complex genome sequenced from any organism to date.

Beyond its major agricultural and economic contributions, maize has been a model species for genetics since it was the first plant to have a genetic map, initially published by Emerson and colleagues in 1935. Such central genetic phenomena as transposable elements, nucleolar organizers, telomeres and epigenetic gene regulation were discovered first in maize, and later found to be universal eukaryotic genome properties. These key genetic contributions continue, including taking the lead in the characterization of the evolution of the highly unstable genomes so common in flowering plants.

Among plant science researchers, maize has the second largest research community, trailing only the Arabidopsis community. Despite the size and scope of this community, a comprehensive book on the biology of maize – targeting genetics, genomics or overall biology - has not been published. Hence, a modern and comprehensive volume on the status (and future) of maize as a species for biological study is highly warranted.

Handbook of Maize: Genetics and Genomics centers on the past, present and future of maize as a model for plant genetics and crop improvement. The book includes chapters from the foremost maize experts on the role of maize in the origin of plant genetics, in modern crop improvement and in the study of genome structure, function and evolution.

Jeff Bennetzen, Ph.D. is the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics at the University of Georgia, and is also a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. He has studied the structure and evolution of the maize genome for the last 28 years.

Sarah Hake, Ph.D. is the Director of the Plant Gene Expression Center of the United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service and University of California, Berkeley. She is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at U. C. Berkeley. She has worked on maize throughout her scientific career.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffrey L. Bennetzen
    • 1
  • Sarah Hake
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeneticsUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.USDA Plant Gene Expression CenterAlbanyUSA

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