A field replicate of the maize genome and NSF outreach project.
Using classical genetics to illustrate gene function and mapping in corn.
About Maize-10-Maze The Maize-10-Maze project is a type of living map of the maize genome in which 10 individual rows represent the 10 chromosomes of corn. We have selected nearly 100 different naturally-occurring mutants of maize that illustrate genetic control of plant growth and development. Mutants that have been mapped to chromosome 1 are in row 1, those mapped to chromosome 2 in row 2, and so on.
2017 The mutants of maize
A collaborative FSU-FAMU (Drs. Bass & Onokpise) public outreach activity, hosted by FAMU Forestry and Conservation
Education (FAMU-FACE) Summer Program and FSU Biology.
Public Event Field Day - June 24, 2017, at Mission Road Research Facility
List of Chromosome Mutants for Display:
or PDF, by CHROM NO., or
by NAMECONTACT: Hank W. Bass, Professor Biological Science, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Maize-10-Maze project first started with the Cytogenetic Map of Maize project, designed to showcase maize genetics and plant genotype-phenotype relationships. This self-guided public tour of the maize genome, featuring famous mutants, will raise public awareness of how plant genome research can benefit society, relating genome research to issues of public interest such as food production, plant biology, renewable energy, and genetic diversity.
About Maize Genetics:
Corn (also called maize; scientific name Zea mays) is among the most genetically variable crop plant species ever domesticated by humans. It has a recent and unstable genome with an extraordinary amount of variation in the population.
The maze (serpentine path, actually, you can not get lost) field contains families carrying ~100 different genetic mutations, each of which can cause different, interesting, and sometimes bizarre phenotypes (appearances).
Many of these naturally-occuring mutants were discovered 50-100 years ago. This living museum includes 6-inch dwarfs, zebra-striped plants, lesion mimics, albescent/ghost plants, the famous knotted and gnarley mutants, and the lazy mutants, that would rather lie on the ground than stand up tall.
The chromatin structure project at FSU is one part of a large national effort to characterize the architecture of the maize genome, supported by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program (NSF IOS
The public event will present some famous and classical maize mutants that have been studied and used by genetics researchers and breeders for many decades (not your typical farm!). Come take a stroll through the mutants of maize.
Click here to view zmXmz version 4c,
a larger photo gallery collection with more images, higher resolution versions, and some additional ear pictures.
The Maize-10-Maze project was an FSU-FAMU collaborative effort presented by Dr. Hank Bass, Karen McGinnis, and Jonathan Dennis, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, and by Drs. Kome Onokpise and Dreamal Worthen, College of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Florida A & M University.
Note on source of maize mutants:
The mutants used for this project were selected from a large list of mostly naturally occurring mutants.
The mutant stocks are distributed to scientists and breeders through the
Maize Genetics Cooperation Stock Center.
Movies From Maize-10-Maze; Planning, Field Day, Etc
For best view, select high-resolution (720-HD) in the movies.