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Maize kernel development.

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This book, containing 17 chapters, is intended to be a guide to understanding maize kernel development. The knowledge and insight in this book are the culmination of centuries of genetic and biochemical work directed at increasing the yield and nutritional value of maize. Topics covered include kernel evolution (from teosinte to maize); gametophyte interactions establishing kernel development; end...


Chapter 13 (Page no: 160)

Maize kernel oil content.

Although maize is a staple food crop that contributes a large percentage of calories to human diets in a few countries, its major use worldwide is for animal feed. One approach to improve the metabolizable energy of maize for feed applications involves increasing kernel oil content, because oil has the highest energy density. This chapter discusses the biochemical pathways, genetic control and the regulation of oil biosynthesis. The overexpression of diacylglycerol acyltransferase genes to increase maize oil and oleic acid content is described. In conclusion, despite the inherent complexity of developing high-oil maize through breeding and metabolic engineering, the high-oil trait has great potential value for feed, wet milling, and the biofuels industry. Since maize has a much higher grain yield compared to most oil crops, and even with a significant reduction in grain yield, high-oil maize would still produce more oil per acre and more overall value than other oil crops. Marker assisted selection for high embryo oil concentration is a promising strategy to develop high-oil maize with a competitive grain yield.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Kernel evolution: from teosinte to maize. Author(s): Flint-Garcia, S. A.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 16) Gametophyte interactions establishing maize kernel development. Author(s): Vollbrecht, E. Evans, M. M. S.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 28) Endosperm development and cell specialization. Author(s): Zhan JunPeng Dannenhoffer, J. M. Yadegari, R.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 44) What can we learn from maize kernel mutants? Author(s): McCarty, D. R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 56) The basal endosperm transfer layer (BETL): gateway to the maize kernel. Author(s): Chourey, P. S. Hueros, G.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 68) Aleurone. Author(s): Gontarek, B. C. Becraft, P. W.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 81) Embryo development. Author(s): Sheridan, W. F. Clark, J. K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 95) Embryo-endosperm-sporophyte interactions in maize seeds. Author(s): Widiez, T. Ingram, G. C. GutiƩrrez-Marcos, J. F.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 108) Aneuploidy and ploidy in the endosperm: dosage, imprinting, and maternal effects on development. Author(s): Birchler, J. A. Johnson, A. F.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 119) Cell cycle and cell size regulation during maize seed development: current understanding and challenging questions. Author(s): Sabelli, P. A.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 134) Central metabolism and its spatial heterogeneity in maize endosperm. Author(s): Rolletschek, H. Borisjuk, L. Hennen-Bierwagen, T. A. Myers, A. M.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 149) Starch biosynthesis in maize endosperm. Author(s): Hannah, L. C. Boehlein, S.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 175) Maize seed storage proteins. Author(s): Larkins, B. A. Wu YongRui Song RenTao Messing, J.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 190) Determinants of kernel sink strength. Author(s): Koch, K. E. Ma FangFang
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 204) Natural variations in maize kernel size: a resource for discovering biological mechanisms. Author(s): Zhang Xia Kaeppler, S. K.
Chapter: 17 (Page no: 217) Effects of drought stress on maize kernel set. Author(s): Habben, J. E. Schussler, J. R.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Agricultural Biotechnology, DuPont-Pioneer, Johnston, Iowa, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2017
  • ISBN
  • 9781786391216
  • Record Number
  • 20173341366