The origins of maize genetics

Abstract

Early geneticists, and generations since, have been drawn to maize to study basic questions, its curious phenomena and its practical applications. Part of the allure of this unique crop plant lies in the collegiality of the Maize Genetics Cooperation, extending all the way from the 'roaring twenties' of genetics to today.

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Figure 1: Maize morphology.
Figure 2: Maize reproduction.
Figure 3: Kernel phenotypes and traits.
Figure 4: Mutability at the p1 (pericarp and cob colour) locus.
Figure 5: Intellectual pedigree of early maize geneticists.

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Acknowledgements

I tip my field-hat, microscope, pipette and keyboard in salute to my generous and spirited colleagues in maize science, from whom freely emanate views of history, real data and analytical critiques that keep the Cooperation informed and stimulated. I am indebted to L. Kass for sharing her historical research and suggestions, and to an anonymous reviewer for valuable insights.

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