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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: USING GENETIC DIVERSITY OF IMPROVE QUANTITATIVE DISEASE RESISTANCE AND AGRONOMIC TRAITS OF CORN

Location: Plant Science Research

Title: Dedication: Major M. Goodman, Maize Breeder and Geneticist

Authors
item HOLLAND, JIM
item Nelson, P - NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIV

Submitted to: Plant Breeding Reviews
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: December 20, 2008
Publication Date: May 15, 2010
Citation: Holland, J.B., Nelson, P. 2010. Dedication: Major M. Goodman, Maize Breeder and Geneticist. Plant Breeding Reviews. 33:1-29

Interpretive Summary: The contributions of Dr. Major Goodman to the classification of maize races, isozyme genetics, germplasm preservation, and maize breeding are presented in a historical context. His impact on the scientific community has increased as understanding of genetic diversity and its relationship with phenotypic diversity has become a major objective of large-scale plant genomics efforts. Maize plays a key role in these efforts thanks in part to the groundwork that Major Goodman developed to elucidate and synthesize the relationships among the bewildering array of diverse maize seed resources.

Technical Abstract: Major M. Goodman is the leading expert on the classification and use of the diverse genetic resources of maize. He pioneered the development and use of mathematical approaches to classification of diverse plant materials; had a primary role in the development of one of the first comprehensive plant genetic marker systems; championed the maintenance, evaluation, and use of gene bank resources for crop improvement; and to this day conducts a very productive applied public maize breeding programs. His impact on the scientific community has increased as understanding of genetic diversity and its relationship with phenotypic diversity has become a major objective of large-scale plant genomics efforts (Buckler et al., 2006). Maize plays a key role in these efforts thanks in part to the groundwork that Major Goodman developed to elucidate and synthesize the relationships among the bewildering array of diverse maize seed resources. As former students of Dr. Goodman, we dedicate this chapter to an outstanding mentor and a model of scientific vigor and integrity, on behalf of all of his colleagues and former students.

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