Paul S. Chomet

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In the Gramineae, the cyclic hydroxamic acids 2,4-dihydroxy-1, 4-benzoxazin-3-one (DIBOA) and 2,4-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-1, 4-benzoxazin-3-one (DIMBOA) form part of the defense against insects and microbial pathogens. Five genes, Bx1 through Bx5, are required for DIBOA biosynthesis in maize. The functions of these five genes, clustered on chromosome 4, were(More)
The Mutator system of maize consists of more than eight different classes of transposable elements each of which can be found in multiple copies. All Mu elements share the approximately 220-bp terminal inverted repeats, whereas each distinct element class is defined by its unique internal sequences. The regulation of instability of this system has been(More)
Most Mutator lines of maize harbor several different classes of Mu transposons, each of which may be present in high copy number. The regulatory element is also often found in high copy number, and it is this element's behavior that is presumed to cause the non-Mendelian inheritance of Mutator activity. Using a very simple Mutator line, we demonstrate tha(More)
The Activator (Ac) element at the waxy locus (wx-m7 allele) has the ability to undergo changes in its genetic activity and cycles between an active and inactive phase. Comparison of active Ac elements at several loci and the inactive Ac at wx-m7 by Southern blot analysis revealed that the inactive Ac sequence was not susceptible to digestion by the(More)
Corn lines with improved culturability and transformability were produced using Marker Assisted Breeding (MAB) to introgress specific regions from the highly transformable hybrid, Hi-II, into the elite line, FBLL that responds very poorly in culture. FBLL is a female inbred parental stiff-stalk line that has been used to produce a series of some of DEKALB’s(More)
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