Molecular Genetic Approaches to Maize Improvement

  • Alan L. Kriz
  • Brian A. Larkins

Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 63)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

  3. Transgenic Traits

    1. Graham Head, Dannette Ward
      Pages 31-40
    2. Victor Raboy
      Pages 41-53
    3. Elizabeth E. Hood, John A. Howard
      Pages 91-105
    4. Bruce M. Chassy
      Pages 107-124
  4. Breeding and Genetics

    1. Ming-Tang Chang, Edward H. Coe Jr
      Pages 127-142
    2. A. Mark Settles
      Pages 143-159
    3. Clifford F. Weil, Rita-Ann Monde
      Pages 161-171
    4. Elhan S. Ersoz, Jianming Yu, Edward S. Buckler
      Pages 173-195
    5. Martin M. Sachs
      Pages 197-209
  5. The Corn Genome

    1. Joachim Messing
      Pages 213-230
    2. Patrick S. Schnable, An-Ping Hsia, Ling Guo, W. Brad Barbazuk
      Pages 231-240
    3. R. Kelly Dawe
      Pages 241-249
    4. David W. Galbraith
      Pages 251-266
  6. Molecular Biology and Physiological Studies

    1. David R. Holding, Brian A. Larkins
      Pages 269-286
    2. L. Curtis Hannah, Thomas Greene
      Pages 287-301
    3. L. Dale Val, Steven H. Schwartz, Michael R. Kerns, Jill Deikman
      Pages 303-323
    4. Delene J. Oldenburg, Arnold J. Bendich
      Pages 325-343
  7. Biomass and Energy

    1. Stefan Schwietzke, Youngmi Kim, Eduardo Ximenes, Nathan Mosier, Michael Ladisch
      Pages 347-364
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 365-369

About this book


During the past decade, there has been tremendous progress in maize biotechnology. This volume provides an overview of our current knowledge of maize molecular genetics, how it is being used to improve the crop, and future possibilities for crop enhancement. Several chapters deal with genetically engineered traits that are currently, or soon will be, in commercial production. Technical approaches for introducing novel genes into the maize genome, the regeneration of plants from transformed cells, and the creation of transgenic lines for field production are covered. Further, the authors describe how molecular genetic techniques are being used to identify genes and characterize their function, and how these procedures are utilized to develop elite maize germplasm. Moreover, molecular biology and physiological studies of corn as a basis for the improvement of its nutritional and food-making properties are included. Finally, the growing use of corn as biomass for energy production is discussed.


Chloroplast Expression biotechnology corn crops genes genetic approaches genetics maize molecular biology mutagenesis plants protein proteins transgen

Editors and affiliations

  • Alan L. Kriz
    • 1
  • Brian A. Larkins
    • 2
  1. 1.BASF Plant ScienceUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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