Basic information

Kefeng Li, Wusirika Ramakrishna

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Maize (Zea mays subsp. mays) is the second most cultivated crop all over the world with a multi-billion dollar annual revenue. Besides its high agricultural importance, maize serves as an important model species for plant biology and genetics. In this chapter, we provided a brief overview of maize farming systems, production and uses. Next, we described the use of maize as a model organism in developmental biology, genetics, cytogenetics and breeding. Finally, the recent advances in the origin, evolution, and domestication of maize were discussed. This chapter will provide the readers an insight into the economic and academic values of maize as well as its origin and domestication.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenetics, Genomics and Breeding of Maize
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781482228137
ISBN (Print)9781482228120
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Composition
  • Domestication
  • Economic importance
  • History
  • Model crop


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