This book discusses advances in our understanding of the structure and function of the maize genome since publication of the original B73 reference genome in 2009, and the progress in translating this knowledge into basic biology and trait improvement. Maize is an extremely important crop, providing a large proportion of the world’s human caloric intake and animal feed, and serving as a model species for basic and applied research. The exceptionally high level of genetic diversity within maize presents opportunities and challenges in all aspects of maize genetics, from sequencing and genotyping to linking genotypes to phenotypes. Topics covered in this timely book range from (i) genome sequencing and genotyping techniques, (ii) genome features such as centromeres and epigenetic regulation, (iii) tools and resources available for trait genomics, to (iv) applications of allele mining and genomics-assisted breeding. This book is a valuable resource for researchers and students interested in maize genetics and genomics.
Table of ContentsDraft assembly of the F2 European maize genome sequence and its comparison to the B73 genome sequence: a characterization of genotype-specific regions.- The Maize Pan-Genome.- Rapid, affordable, and scalable genotyping from germplasm exploration in maize.- Maize Transposable Element Dynamics.- Genomics of maize centromeres.- The maize methylome.- Integrating Transcriptome and Chromatin landscapes for deciphering the epigenetic regulation of drought response in maize.- Maize small RNAs as seeds of change and stability in gene expression and genome stability.- Germplasm Resources for Mapping Quantitative Traits in Maize.- Genomics of Insect Resistance.- The Genetics and Genomics of Virus Resistance in Maize.- Genomics of Fungal Disease Resistance.- Endophytes: The Other Maize Genome.- Transcriptome dissection of maize root system development.- Genomics of nitrogen use efficiency in maize: from basic approaches to agronomic applications.- Genomics of cold tolerance in maize.- High-Oil Maize Genomics.- Evolution and Adaptation in the Maize Genome.- Harnessing maize biodiversity.- Towards Redesigning Hybrid Maize Breeding through Genomics-Assisted Breeding.- The UniformMu resource: Construction, applications, and opportunities.