© 1994

The Maize Handbook

  • Michael Freeling
  • Virginia Walbot

Part of the Springer Lab Manuals book series (SLM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Development and Morphology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William F. Sheridan, Janice K. Clark
      Pages 3-10
    3. R. S. Poethig
      Pages 11-17
    4. Michael Freeling, Barbara Lane
      Pages 17-28
    5. L. Feldman
      Pages 29-37
    6. Ping-Chin Cheng, Dayakar R. Pareddy
      Pages 37-47
    7. Patricia Bedinger, Scott D. Russell
      Pages 48-61
    8. Walton C. Galinat
      Pages 61-65
    9. Virginia Walbot
      Pages 78-80
  3. Cell Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Anne W. Sylvester, Steven E. Ruzin
      Pages 83-95
    3. Steven E. Ruzin, Anne W. Sylvester
      Pages 95-108
    4. Michelle H. Williams, Anne W. Sylvester
      Pages 108-117
    5. S. D. Russell, D. P. West
      Pages 135-139
    6. M. J. Varagona, N. V. Raikhel
      Pages 149-157
    7. Laurie G. Smith
      Pages 158-164

About this book


The Maize Handbook represents the collective efforts of the maize research community to enumerate the key steps of standard procedures and to disseminate these protocols for the common good. Although the material in this volume is drawn from experience with maize, many of the procedures, protocols, and descriptions are applicable to other higher plants, particularly to other grasses. The power and resolution of experiments with maize depend on the wide range of specialized genetic techniques and marked stocks; these materials are available today as the culmination of nearly 100 years of genetic research. A major goal of this volume is to introduce this genetical legacy and to highlight current stock construction programs that will soon benefit our work, e. g. high-density RFLP maps, deletion stocks, etc. Both stock construction and maintenance are relatively straightforward in maize as a result of the ease of crossing and the longevity of stored seeds. Crossing is facilitated by the separate staminate (tassel) and pistillate (ear) flowers, a feature almost unique to maize. On the other hand, many of the genetic methodologies utilized with maize, including the precision of record keeping, can be adapted to other plants. Facile communication and a spirit of co-operation have characterized the maize genetics community since its earliest days. Starting in the 1930s, institutions such as annual Maize Genetics Cooperation Newsletter, the Maize Genetics Stock Center, and the annual maize genetics meeting provide continuity to the field.


biology development molecular biology plant plant genetics plants

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Freeling
    • 1
  • Virginia Walbot
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Maize Handbook
  • Editors Michael Freeling
    Virginia Walbot
  • Series Title Springer Lab Manuals
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97826-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-94735-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-2694-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 761
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Agriculture
    Plant Sciences
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"The book is certainly one that every university and research station library should buy, and every plant geneticist should have access to." Plant Genetics Newsletter
"This handbook sets the standard and is an essential work for anyone doing maize research of any type." Choice