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Maize Genetics and Breeding in the 20th Century

By: P Peterson

World Scientific Publishing Company

Hardback | Mar 1999 | #158836 | ISBN: 981022866X
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This book provides biographics and a related summary of geneticists and breeders of maize that were contributors to the major discoveries in the 20th century. Their relationships to each other, as well as general developments in maize genetics and breeding growth, are included. Photos of events and related personnel, all part of the bibliographic presentation, present a compilation of the maize community and its growth. Most of the geneticists and breeders have a common origin in training and their progeny are part of the current contributors to maize development.


Flowering of maize genetics; relevant genetic milestones in the late 19th and early 20th century; the maize plant; emergence of corn - from a sustainable agriculture to hybrid corn; the Bussey Institute and its role in the development of plant sciences; the legendary school of maize genetics under Emerson; the early maize cytogenetics group - Burnham, Brink, Rhoades, McClintock, Laughnan; the maize breeding group - Russell, Sprague, Hallauer, Brown, Gardner, Zuber; the maize evolution group - Mangelsdorf, Iltis; a later genetics - cytogenetics group - Nelson, Schwartz, Peterson, Robertson; Stock Centre, genetics and pathology - Patterson, Coe, Neuffer, Hooker; the Italian sciences - the development of an understanding of the anthocyanin pathway; the origin of the Allerton maize genetics meetings - the old time religion; the maize community; the maize pedigree tree; legacy of the past; science progress.

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