We are interested in understanding the nature of genetic variation within maize (field corn),Zea mays:
- How is genetic variation distributed among and within temperate inbred lines, temperate landraces, tropical inbred lines, and tropical accessions?
- Are there unique allelic variants in exotic, tropical maize that are absent from the U.S. breeding pool?
- Which genomic regions are associated with phenotypic variance for important agronomic traits (grain yield, flowering time, plant height, disease resistance)?
- How do allelic variations at different loci interact in their effects on phenotypes (is epistasis important, and how does it ramify from genic interactions to phenotypic interactions)?
- What are the most efficient breeding procedures for incorporating unique and favorable alleles from unadapted genetic backgrounds into well-adapted temperate lines?
- Can DNA marker-assisted selection aid us in this task?
In addition, we have a program to identify the genetic basis of resistance to corn ear rot caused by Fusarium fungal species and of resistance to the accumulation of the mycotoxin, fumonisin, caused by the fungus.
- Characterizing the oligogenic architecture of plant growth phenotypes informs genomic selection approaches in a common wheat population, BMC GENOMICS (2021)
- Domestication Reshaped the Genetic Basis of Inbreeding Depression in a Maize Landrace Compared to its Wild Relative, Teosinte (2021)
- Drought resilience in CIMMYT maize lines adapted to Africa resulting from transpiration sensitivity to vapor pressure deficit and soil drying, JOURNAL OF CROP IMPROVEMENT (2021)
- Effects of artificial inoculation on trait correlations with resistance to Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination in maize, CROP SCIENCE (2021)
- Eleven biosynthetic genes explain the majority of natural variation in carotenoid levels in maize grain, PLANT CELL (2021)
- Not so local: the population genetics of convergent adaptation in maize and teosinte (2021)
- Registration of tropical populations of maize selected in parallel for early flowering time across the United States, JOURNAL OF PLANT REGISTRATIONS (2021)
- The importance of dominance and genotype-by-environment interactions on grain yield variation in a large-scale public cooperative maize experiment, G3-GENES GENOMES GENETICS (2021)
- The potential to breed a low-protein maize for protein-restricted diets, CROP SCIENCE (2021)
- Utility of Climatic Information via Combining Ability Models to Improve Genomic Prediction for Yield Within the Genomes to Fields Maize Project, FRONTIERS IN GENETICS (2021)