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About the Current Panzea Project


The Panzea project was funded by a National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Project, award #1238014: “The Biology of Rare Alleles in Maize and Its Wild Relatives”.


You can see the National Science Foundation award information here.


Project members included the following people and labs:


Ed Buckler and lab

John Doebley and lab

Jeff Ross-Ibarra and lab

Doreen Ware and lab

Jim Holland and lab

Sherry Flint-Garcia and lab

Qi Sun and the Bioinformatics Facility

Sharon Mitchell and the Cornell University Genomic Diversity Facility

Peter Bradbury

Theresa Fulton


In collaboration with the Paleontological Research Institution's Museum of the Earth.


This project improved our understanding of the genetic architecture - the connection between phenotype (what we see) and genotype (the genes underlying the phenotype) - of complex traits in maize and its wild relative, teosinte. Understanding variation in genetic architecture is key to understanding evolution, manipulating species for a sustainable agriculture, and preserving variation as species adapt.

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