Genetic Mapping and Maps

  • Karen C. Cone
  • Edward H. Coe

Early genetic analyses of maize were rooted in genetic mapping, and mapping continues to be an important tool for contemporary maize geneticists. Mapping is extraordinarily easy in maize; consequently many maps have been made. The first genetic map published for maize in 1935 contained 62 loci defined by morphological variants. Current genetic maps contain thousands of loci defined by morphological, biochemical, cytogenetic, and molecular polymorphic variants. These maps serve critically important functions in linking genes to traits, facilitating comparative evolutionary studies, enabling positional cloning, and anchoring the physical map for genome sequencing. Sequencing in turn now makes it possible to derive the map locations of sequenced genes by matching to genomic sequences that have been anchored to the physical map.


Bacterial Artificial Chromosome Bacterial Artificial Chromosome Clone Bacterial Artificial Chromosome Library Maize Genome Recombination Nodule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen C. Cone
    • 1
  • Edward H. Coe
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Biological SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbia
  2. 2.Plant Genetics Research Unit, USDA-ARSUniversity of MissouriColumbia
  3. 3.Division of Plant SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbia

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