Maize mutants: Resources for research

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Abundance of variation in maize was an important factor that made it a model system to study the principles of inheritance. Additional variation was subsequently created by mutagenesis. Most of these mutants have been donated to the Maize Genetics Cooperation • Stock Center, where they have become a resource shared by the maize research community. Recent large-scale mutagenesis projects have developed resources that are being used to identify new mutants using forward and reverse genetics approaches. These mutants are giving us a basic understanding of maize biology and are useful resources in applied approaches to improve maize as a crop plant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Genome
  • Mutagenesis
  • Polymorphism
  • Variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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