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Maize Genome Sequencing Information Portal

Documents | Sequence Downloads | Primer on Sequencing Methods | Bibliography


These documents outline the goals of the maize genome sequencing initiative, as well as information about the call for proposals.

Request For Proposals For Maize Genome Sequencing (at NSF)
National Plant Genome Initiative 5 Year Plan
Maize Genome Sequencing Project Workshop Report (Plant Physiology 127:1572-1578)
Update on the Maize Genome Sequencing Project (Plant Physiology 130:1594-1597)
Maize Sequencing Gold Standard (MGEC recommendations)

Sequence Downloads

Here are links to resources where you can download sequence data.

PlantGDB Portal to Maize Sequences Maize Genome Sequence Data

Primer on Sequencing Methods (courtesy

EST Sequencing
Whole-Genome Shotgun Sequencing
BAC-by-BAC Sequencing


This bibliography seeks to conveniently collect recent articles of particular relevance to the maize genome sequencing effort. Please use the feedback form on this page to suggest other resources that should be mentioned. (References shown are ordered roughly according to recency of publication date.)

Lai J, Ma J, Swigonova Z, Ramakrishna W, Linton E, Llaca V, Tanyolac B, Park YJ, Jeong OY, Bennetzen JL, and Messing J (2004) Gene loss and movement in the maize genome. Genome Res. 14(10):1924-31.

Swigonova Z, Lai J, Ma J, Ramakrishna W, Llaca V, Bennetzen JL, and Messing J (2004) Close split of sorghum and maize genome progenitors. Genome Res. 14(10):1916-23.

Messing J, Bharti AK, Karlowski WM, Gundlach H, Kim HR, Yu Y, Wei F, Fuks G,Soderlund CA, Mayer KF, and Wing RA (2004) Sequence composition and genome organization of maize. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 101(40):14349-54.

Springer NM, Xu X, and Barbazuk WB (2004) Utility of different gene enrichment approaches toward identifying and sequencing the maize gene space. Plant Physiol. 136(2):3023-33.

Fernandes J, Dong Q, Schneider B, Morrow DJ, Nan GL, Brendel V, and Walbot V (2004) Genome-wide mutagenesis of Zea mays L. using RescueMu transposons. Genome Biol. 5(10):R82.

Okagaki RJ and Phillips RL (2004) Maize DNA-sequencing strategies and genome organization. Genome Biol. 5(5):223.

Jorgensen RA (2004) Sequencing maize: just sample the salsa or go for the whole enchilada? Plant Cell. 16(4):787-8.

Martienssen RA, Rabinowicz PD, O'Shaughnessy A, and McCombie WR (2004) Sequencing the maize genome. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 7(2):102-7.

Emrich SJ, Aluru S, Fu Y, Wen TJ, Narayanan M, Guo L, Ashlock DA, and Schnable PS (2004) A strategy for assembling the maize (Zea mays L.) genome. Bioinformatics. 20(2):140-7.

Whitelaw CA, Barbazuk WB, Pertea G, Chan AP, Cheung F, Lee Y, Zheng L, van Heeringen S, Karamycheva S, Bennetzen JL, SanMiguel P, Lakey N, Bedell J, Yuan Y, Budiman MA, Resnick A, Van Aken S, Utterback T, Riedmuller S, Williams M, Feldblyum T, Schubert K, Beachy R, Fraser CM, and Quackenbush J (2003) Enrichment of gene-coding sequences in maize by genome filtration. Science. 302(5653):2118-20.

Palmer LE, Rabinowicz PD, O'Shaughnessy AL, Balija VS, Nascimento LU, Dike S, de la Bastide M, Martienssen RA, and McCombie WR (2003) Maize genome sequencing by methylation filtration. Science. 302(5653):2115-7.

Yuan Y, SanMiguel PJ, and Bennetzen JL (2003) High-Cot sequence analysis of the maize genome. Plant J. 34(2):249-55. Erratum in: Plant J. 36(3):430.

Rabinowicz PD, McCombie WR, and Martienssen RA (2003) Gene enrichment in plant genomic shotgun libraries. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 6(2):150-6.

Song, R and Messing, J (2003) Gene expression of a gene family in maize based on noncollinear haplotypes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 100(15):9055-60.

Fu H and Dooner HK (2002) Intraspecific violation of genetic colinearity and its implications in maize. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 99(14):9573-8.

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