Molecular Evidence and the Evolution of Maize

  title={Molecular Evidence and the Evolution of Maize},
  author={John Doebley},
  journal={Economic Botany},
In this review, the contributions of isozyme and chloroplast DNA studies to questions surrounding the evolution of maize are summarized. These methods of analysis provide generally strong support for the hierarchical system of classification of Zea proposed by Iltis and Doebley (1980). Molecular evidence is fully congruent with the theory that teosinte is ancestral to maize and suggests thatZ. mays subsp.parviglumis was the ancestral teosinte taxon. Further, these data show that only those… CONTINUE READING
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