The power of classic maize mutants: Driving forward our fundamental understanding of plants

Annis E Richardson, Sarah Hake

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Abstract

Since Mendel, maize has been a powerhouse of fundamental genetics research. From testing the Mendelian laws of inheritance, to the first genetic and cytogenetic maps, to the use of whole-genome sequencing data for crop improvement, maize is at the forefront of genetics advances. Underpinning much of this revolutionary work are the classic morphological mutants; the “freaks” that stood out in the field to even the untrained eye. Here we review some of these classic developmental mutants and their importance in the history of genetics, as well as their key role in our fundamental understanding of plant development.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberkoac081
Pages (from-to)2505-2517
Number of pages13
JournalPlant Cell
Volume34
Issue number7
Early online date11 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • databases
  • inheritance patterns
  • plants
  • zea mays
  • genetics

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