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The Maize-10-Maze Project

A field replicate of the maize genome (aka chromosome garden): product of an NSF PGRP-funded broader impacts outreach project.
Using classical genetics to illustrate plant genetics for the general public.

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. Nearly 100 different naturally-occurring mutants of maize are used to 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. This event occurs once per grant cycle, organized by Dr. Bass. Similar gardens have been produced in the early 20th century. The modern Maize-10-Maze has or will be replicated elsewhere including Cornell and CYMMIT in Mexico. The FSU/FAMU Maize-10-Maze first started with the Cytogenetic Map of Maize project, designed to showcase maize genetics and genotype-phenotype relatsionships.

These movies are from the 2012 or 2017 Maize-10-Maze events. For more information, contact bass@bio.fsu.edu

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.

Additional Movies & Corn Olympics Fun, Maize-10-Maze Field

For best view, select high-resolution (720-HD) in the movies.

Maize-10-Maze: Before the planting and the inspirational book "The Mutants of Maize"

Maize-10-Maze, Before planting, and inspirational book "The Mutants of Maize"

Maize-10-Maze 2012 "Before" and the "Field Map"

Maize-10-Maze 2012; white Luteus5 (wlu5) mutants, 11 days after sowing.

Maize-10-Maze 2012: setting the placard poles, FSU Biology major, OR Maleki.

Maize-10-Maze 2012; mutant albescent1 (al1), aka "ghost plant", 42 days after sorwing.


FACE students gathering for group photo by the Maize-10-Maze field, Summer 2012.

FSU Biology major Rachel Walsh comes with friend from Plant Biology class; gets Maize-10-Maze explanation from Dr. Bass.

Maize-10-Maze field day - FACE students having fun and doing the corn dance ...

Maize-10-Maze field day 2012, FACE student shows Ramosa1 (Ra1) mutant tassel.

Maize-10-Maze field day 2012, End of event fun with corn olympics - the stalk toss.

Maize-10-Maze 2012, Random Mutant Mix Batting - Pop fly - lost in the sun.

Maize-10-Maze 2012, end of field day drive by.


Here comes tropical storm Debby, June 24 2012.

June 26 2012, Field afer TS Debby, and A. Xiongi, highschool summer scientist.

Maize-10-Maze 2012, Fly through chromosome 4 row, end with lazy1 (la1) mutants growing horizontally.

Maize-10-Maize, late June 2012, Genome/field quick view, in reverse (Chr. 10-1).

Rs1, Rough sheath1, 7.012b, R1 stage, evening, Summer 2012.

Maize-10-Maze 2012; Knotted1 (Kn1 mutants, 43 days after sowing.


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PI: Dr. Hank W. Bass, Florida State University
Funded by the NSF Plant Genome Research Program
NSF Award Abstract 1025954
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