Maize Kernel Development

Edited by Brian A. Larkins
January 2018
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  • Published
    17th January 2018
  • ISBN 9781786391216
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.5"

This authoritative book acts as a guide to understanding maize kernel development. Written by a team of experts, it covers topics spanning pre- and post-fertilization events, embryo and endosperm development, grain filling and maturation, and factors influencing crop yield. It explores the significance of maize and other cereal grains, existing hypotheses and research, and important gaps in our knowledge and how we might fill them. This is a valuable resource for researchers of maize and other cereals, and anyone working on basic or applied science in the fields of seed development, plant genetics, and crop physiology.

1: Kernel Evolution: From Teosinte to Maize
2: Gametophyte Interactions Establishing Maize Kernel Development
3: Endosperm Development and Cell Specialization
4: What Can We Learn from Maize Kernel Mutants?
5: The Basal Endosperm Transfer Layer (BETL): Gateway to the Maize Kernel
6: Aleurone
7: Embryo Development
8: Embryo-Endosperm-Sporophyte Interactions in Maize Seeds
9: Aneuploidy and Ploidy in the Endosperm: Dosage, Imprinting and Maternal Effects on Development
10: Cell Cycle and Cell Size during Maize Seed Development: Current Understanding and Challenging Questions
11: Central Metabolism and Its Spatial Heterogeneity in Maize Endosperm
12: Starch Biosynthesis in Maize Endosperm
13: Maize Kernel Oil Content
14: Maize Seed Storage Proteins
15: Determinants of Maize Kernel Sink Strength
16: Natural Variation in Maize Kernel Size: A Resource for Discovering Biological Mechanisms
17: Effect of Drought Stress on Maize Kernel Set

Brian A. Larkins

Brian A. Larkins is Associate Vice Chancellor for Life Sciences and holds the John F. Davidson and Marian J. Fuller Presidential Chair in Life Sciences at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL). He received his B.S. in Education (1969) and Ph.D. (1974) from UNL, and spent 12 years at Purdue University before becoming Head of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona in 1988. At the University of Arizona, where he was a Regents Professor and held the Porterfield Chair in Plant Sciences, he taught molecular and cellular biology for 15 years. His research in biochemical genetics over the past 40 years has focused on the way in which starch and protein influence the nutritional quality, digestibility, and texture of corn. He has received a number of awards for his research, including the Charles A. Shull (1983), Dennis R. Hoagland (1997), and Stephen Hales Prize (2013) from the American Society of Plant Biologists. He received UNL's Alumni Achievement Award (1996), was recognized as a Notable Alumnus of Teachers College (1998), and participated in UNL's Master Week (1996). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1996) and past chairman of the Section on Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Natural Resources of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) (2010). He is a Fellow of AAAS, the American Society of Plant Biologists (2007), and the National Academy of Inventors (2013).