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The Origin of Cornbelt Maize: The Isozyme Evidence
Economic Botany
  • John Doebley, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  • Jonathan F. Wendel, Iowa State University
  • J. S. C. Smith, Pioneer Hi-Bred, International
  • Charles W. Stuber, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Major M. Goodman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Document Type
Article
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-1988
DOI
10.1007/BF02859042
Abstract

Historical records show t hat the Midwestern dent corns of the United States originated from hybridization of two landraces, Northern Flint and Southern Dent. We examined the origin of Southern and Midwestern Dents by means of isozyme electrophoresis. Isozyme genotypes were determined for 23 loci in 12 plants each of 32 accessions of Southern Dent. Previously published isozyme data for maize landraces of Mexico and North America and for U.S. Midwestern Dents were included for comparative purposes. The data show that Northern Flint and Southern Dent are among the isozymically most divergent maize landraces. Nei’s genetic identities between populations of these two landraces are very low for conspecific populations (ca. 0.80). Southern Dent of the southeastern U.S. appears closely related to similar dent corns of southern Mexico, supporting a previously published hypothesis that U.S. Southern Dent is largely derived from the dent corns of southern Mexico. The Midwestern Dents, which resulted from crosses of Southern Dent and Northern Flint, are much more like Southern Dent than Northern Flint in their isozyme profile. Similarly, public inbreds show greater affinity to Southern Dent with the exception of sweet corn lines, which resemble Northern Flint in their isozyme allele frequencies. North American public inbreds do not contain appreciable isozymic variation beyond that found in Northern Flint and Southern Dent.

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This article is from Economic Botany 42 (1988): 120, doi:10.1007/BF02859042.

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John Doebley, Jonathan F. Wendel, J. S. C. Smith, Charles W. Stuber, et al.. "The Origin of Cornbelt Maize: The Isozyme Evidence" Economic Botany Vol. 42 Iss. 1 (1988) p. 120 - 131
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jonathan_wendel/13/