The origin of the naked grains of maize

  title={The origin of the naked grains of maize},
  author={Huai Hai Wang and Tina Nussbaum-Wagler and Bailin Li and Qiong Zhao and Yves Vigouroux and Marianna Faller and Kirsten Bomblies and Lewis Lukens and John Doebley},
The most critical step in maize (Zea mays ssp. mays) domestication was the liberation of the kernel from the hardened, protective casing that envelops the kernel in the maize progenitor, teosinte. This evolutionary step exposed the kernel on the surface of the ear, such that it could readily be used by humans as a food source. Here we show that this key event in maize domestication is controlled by a single gene (teosinte glume architecture or tga1), belonging to the SBP-domain family of… CONTINUE READING
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