Maize Genetics and Breeding in the 20th Century

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This book provides the biographies, and a related summary, of geneticists and breeders of maize who have contributed to the major discoveries in the 20th century. Their relationships to one another, as well as the general developments in maize genetics and breeding growth, are included. Photographs of events and related personnel, all part of the biographic presentation, portray the maize community and its growth. Most of the geneticists and breeders have a common origin in their training, and their successors are among the current contributors to maize development.
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Following 18 chapters on progress in maize genetics and breeding, the text's midsection features reprints (1977-98) from the journal commemorating 24 plant breeders and geneticists (pictured) who have contributed to the maize pedigree tree: e.g. George Sprague, the developer of notable Corn Belt staples, and 1983 Nobel Prize winner Barbara McClintock of "jumping genes" fame. Lastly, five chapters describe recent developments in the genetics and molecular biology of maize mutants. Includes extensive references. Indexed by name but not subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789810228668
  • Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. A Development of Maize Genetics and Breeding 1
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Flowering of Maize Genetics 5
Ch. 2 Relevant Genetic Milestones in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries 9
Ch. 3 The Maize Plant 13
Ch. 4 Emergence of Corn 15
Ch. 5 The Bussey Institute and Its Role in the Development of Plant Science 17
Ch. 6 The Legendary School of Maize Genetics Under Emerson 21
Ch. 7 The Early Maize Cytogenetics Group 25
Ch. 8 The Maize Breeding Group 43
Ch. 9 The Maize Evolution Group 49
Ch. 10 A Later Genetics-Cytogenetics Group 53
Ch. 11 Stock Center, Genetics, and Pathology 59
Ch. 12 The Italian Maize Genetics Scientists 63
Ch. 13 The Development of an Understanding of the Anthocyanin Pathway 65
Ch. 14 The Origin of the Allerton Maize Genetics Meetings 69
Ch. 15 The Maize Community 77
Ch. 16 The Maize Pedigree Tree 79
Ch. 17 Legacy of the Past 83
Ch. 18 Science Progress 87
References 93
Pt. B The Commemorative Issues of MAYDICA 109
Ch. 19 William A. Russell 111
Ch. 20 Charles R. Burnham 115
Ch. 21 R. Alexander Brink 119
Ch. 22 William L. Brown 127
Ch. 23 Marcus M. Rhoades 133
Ch. 24 George F. Sprague 143
Ch. 25 Paul C. Mangelsdorf 149
Ch. 26 Barbara McClintock 159
Ch. 27 Charles O. Gardner 163
Ch. 28 John R. Laughnan 167
Ch. 29 Hugh H. Iltis 173
Ch. 30 Oliver E. Nelson, Jr. 179
Ch. 31 Drew Schwartz 185
Ch. 32 Peter A. Peterson 189
Ch. 33 Arnel R. Hallauer 201
Ch. 34 Earl B. Patterson 209
Ch. 35 Arthur Lee Hooker 217
Ch. 36 Myron G. Neuffer 223
Ch. 37 Ercole Ottaviano 231
Ch. 38 Donald Sage Robertson 237
Ch. 39 Edward H. Coe, Jr. 247
Ch. 40 Marcus S. Zuber 251
Ch. 41 David B. Walden 269
Ch. 42 James D. Smith 277
Pt. C Recent Developments in the Genetics and Molecular Biology of Maize Mutants 283
Introduction 285
Ch. 43 Gene Cloning 289
Ch. 44 Visiting the Genome 295
Ch. 45 Genome Dissection and Fingerprinting 303
Ch. 46 Biotechnology 307
Ch. 47 Maize Development 317
References 333
Index 375
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