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Marilyn Warburton
Corn Host Plant Resistance Research
Research Geneticist

Phone: (662) 325-7996
Fax: (662) 325-8441
Room 345

DORMAN HALL - STONE BLVD.
MISSISSIPPI STATE , MS 39762
Projects
Enhanced Resistance of Maize to Aspergillus flavus Infection, Aflatoxin Accumulation, and Insect Damage
In-House Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 434375
Technical Services, Collaborative Research and Cooperative Activities with the United States Agency for International Development, Phase III
Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement (R)
  Accession Number: 426146
Breeding Corn for Enhanced Resistance to Aflatoxin Accumulation
Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S)
  Accession Number: 435168
Breeding Corn for Favorable Agronomic Characteristics and Enhanced Resistance to Aflatoxin Accumulation
Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement (S)
  Accession Number: 435174

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Heterotic affinity and combining ability of exotic maize inbred lines for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation -
Meseka, S., Williams, W.P., Warburton, M.L., Brown, R.L., Ortega, A., Bandyopadhyay, R., Menkir, A. 2018. Heterotic affinity and combining ability of exotic maize inbred lines for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation. . 214:184.
Genetic variation and population structure of NERICA and Oryza sativa varieties adapted to lowland and upland African ecologies using DArTseq-based SNPs -
Survey of candidate genes for maize resistance to infection by Aspergillus flavus and/or aflatoxin contamination -
Hawkins, L.K., Warburton, M.L., Tang, J., Tomashek, J., Alves, D., Ogunola, O.F., Smith, J.S., Williams, W.P. 2018. Survey of candidate genes for maize resistance to infection by Aspergillus flavus and/or aflatoxin contamination. Toxins. 10(2):61.
Mapping of quantitative trait loci for resistance to fall armyworm and southwestern corn borer leaf-feeding damage in maize -
Womack, E.D., Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P. 2018. Mapping of quantitative trait loci for resistance to fall armyworm and southwestern corn borer leaf-feeding damage in maize. Crop Science. 58(2):529-539. https://doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2017.03.0155.
Genome-wide association study of resistance to ear rot by Fusarium verticillioides in a tropical field maize and popcorn core collection -
Genetic characterization of the maize lipoxygenase gene family in relation to aflatoxin accumuation resistance. -
Ogunola, O., Hawkins, L.K., Mylroie, J.E., Kolomiets, M., Borrego, E., Tang, J., Williams, W.P., Warburton, M.L. 2017. Genetic characterization of the maize lipoxygenase gene family in relation to aflatoxin accumuation resistance. PLoS ONE 12(7):e0181265.
Wading into the gene pool: progress and constraints using wild species -
Greene, S.L., Warburton, M.L. 2017. Wading into the gene pool: progress and constraints using wild species. Crop Science. 57(3):1039-1041.
What limits the use of crop wild relatives for crop improvement? Contrasting case studies (Zea mays and Helianthus annuus L.) provide clues to identify and overcome limiting factors -
Warburton, M.L., Rauf, S., Marek, L., Hussain, M., Ogunola, O., Gonzalez, J. 2017. The Use of Crop Wild Relatives in Maize and Sunflower Breeding. Crop Science. 57:1-14. doi:10.2135/cropsci2016.10.0855.
Genome-wide association studies in maize: praise and stargaze -
Xiao, Y., Liu, H., Wu, L., Warburton, M.L., Yan, J. 2017. Genome-wide association studies in maize: praise and stargaze. Molecular Plant. 10:358-374.
Advances in mycotoxin-resistant maize varieties -
Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P. 2017. Advances in mycotoxin-resistant maize varieties. Book Chapter. IN Achieving sustainable cultivation of maize. Volume 1, Chapter 09.
Genome-wide association studies of drought related metabolic changes to improve drought tolerance in maize -
Zhang, X., Warburton, M.L., Setter, T., Xue, Y., Yang, N., Liu, H., Yan, J., Xiao, Y. 2016. Genome-wide association studies of drought related metabolic changes in maize using an enlarged SNP panel. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 129:1449-1463.
DNA fingerprinting of maize seed lots to establish genetic purity using SSR markers. -
Setimela, P.S., Warburton, M.L., Erasmus, T. 2016. DNA fingerprinting of maize seed lots to establish genetic purity using SSR markers.South African Journal of Plant Science. 33(2):141-148.
Using Genome-Wide Associations to Identify Metabolic Pathways Involved in Maize Aflatoxin Accumulation Resistance -
Tang, J.D., Perkins, A., Williams, W.P., Warburton, M.L. 2015. Using genome-wide associations to identify metabolic pathways involved in maize aflatoxin accumulation resistance. BMC Genomics. 16:673. doi:10.1186/s12864-015-1874-9.
Genomic, transcriptomic and phenomic variation reveals the complex adaptation to stress response of modern maize breeding -
Liu, H., Wang, X., Warburton, M.L., Wen, W., Jin, M., Liu, J., Tong, H., Pan, Q., Yang, X., Dong, X., Yan, J. 2015. Genomic, transcriptomic and phenomic variation reveals the complex adaptation to stress response of modern maize breeding. Molecular Plant. 8:871-884.
RNAi silencing of the 14 kDa trypsin inhibitor protein in maize and its effect on host resistance against Aspergillus flavus infection/aflatoxin production -
Chen, Z.Y., Warburton, M.L., Hawkins, L.K., Wei, Q., Brown, R.L., Bhatnagar, D., Raruang, Y. 2016. Production of the 14 kDa trypsin inhibitor protein is important for maize resistance against Aspergillus flavus infection/aflatoxin. World Mycotoxin Journal. 9(2):215-228.
Breaking wheat yield barriers requires integrated efforts in developing countries -
Rauf, S., Zaharieva, M., Warburton, M.L., Zhang, P., Al-Sadi, A., Khalil, F.,Kozak, M., and Tariq, S.A. 2015. Breaking wheat yield barriers requires integrated efforts in developing countries. Journal of Integrative Agriculture. 14(8):1447-1474.
Whole genome association study for drought, aflatoxin resistance, and important agronomic traits in maize in a sub-tropical environment -
Farfan, I.D.B., De La Fuente, G., Murray, S.C., Isakeit, T., Huang, P., Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P., Windham, G.L., Kolomeits, M. 2015. Genome wide association study for drought, aflatoxin resistance, and important agronomic traits of maize hybrids in the sub-tropics. PLoS ONE. 10(2):e0117737. doi:10:1371/journal.pone.0117737.
Molecular breeding for developing drought tolerant and disease resistant maize in sub Saharan Africa -
Semagn, K., Beyene, Y., Babu, R., Nair, S., Gowda, M., Das, B., Tarekegne, A.Olsen, M., Mugo,S., Mahuku, G.,Worku, M., Warburton, M.L., Olsen, M., Prasanna, B.M. 2015. Quantitative trait loci mapping and molecular breeding for developing stress resilient maize for sub-Saharan Africa. Crop Science. 55:1449-1459. doi:10.2135/cropsci2014.09.0646.
Characterization of the chitinase gene family and the effect on A. flavus and aflatoxin resistance in maize. -
Hawkins, L.K., Mylroie, J.E., Oliveira, D., Smith, J.S., Ozkan, S., Windham, G.L., Williams, W.P., Warburton, M.L. 2015. Characterization of the chitinase genes and their effect on A. flavus and aflatoxin accumulation resistance. PLoS One 10(6):e0126185. doi:10/1371/journal.pone.0126185.
Genome wide association mapping of Aspergillus flavus and aflatoxin accumulation resistance in maize -
Warburton, M.L., Tang, J.D., Windham, G.L., Hawkins, L.K., Murray, S., Xu, W., Boykin, D.L., Perkins, A., Williams, W.P. 2015. Genome wide association mapping of Aspergillus flavus and aflatoxin accumulation resistance in maize. Crop Science. 55:1-11, doi:10.2135/cropsci2014.6.0424.
Parental genome contribution in maize DH lines derived from six backcross populations using genotyping by sequencing and its relationship with testcross performance -
Ogugo, V., Semagn, K., Beyene, Y., Runo, S., Olsen, M., Warburton, M.L. 2014. Parental genome contribution in maize DH lines derived from six backcross populations using genotyping by sequencing. Euphytica. 202:129-139. doi:10.1007/s10681-014-1238-6.
Aflatoxin resistance in maize: what have we learned lately? -
Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P. 2014. Aflatoxin resistance in maize: what have we learned lately?. Advances in Botany. 2014:352831, doi:10.1155/2014/352831.
Identifying and developing maize germplasm with resistance to aflatoxin contamination -
Williams, W.P., Krakowsky, M.D., Scully, B.T., Brown, R.L., Menkir, A., Warburton, M.L., Windham, G.L. 2015. Identifying and developing maize germplasm with resistance to aflatoxin contamination. World Mycotoxin Journal. 8(2):193-209.
Genetic relationships and structure among open pollinated maize varieties adapted to eastern and southern Africa using microsatellite markers -
Semagn, K., Magorokosho, C., Ogugo, V., Makumbi, D., Warburton, M.L. 2014. Genetic relationships and structure among open-pollinated maize varieties adapted to eastern and southern Africa using microsatellite markers. Molecular Breeding. DOI 10.1007/s11032-014-0126-z
Bulk genetic characterization of Ghanaian maize landraces using microsatellite markers -
Oppong, A., Bedoya, C., Ewool, M., Adu-Dapaah, H., Lamptey, J., Ofori, K., Offei, S., Warburton, M.L. 2014. Bulk genetic characterization of Ghanaian maize landraces using microsatellite markers. Maydica. 59:1-8.
Quantitative Trait Loci for Resistance to Aspergillus Ear Rot: Analysis by Linkage Mapping, Characterization of Near-Isogenic Lines and Meta-Analysis -
Mideros, S., Warburton, M.L., Jamann, T., Windham, G.L., Williams, W.P., Nelson, R. 2014. Quantitative trait loci influencing mycotoxin contamination of maize: analysis by linkage mapping, characterization of near-isogenic lines and meta-analysis. Crop Science. 54:127-142.
Genome-wide association analysis for non agronomic traits in maize under well-watered and water-stressed conditions. -
Xu, Y., Warburton, M.L., Sawkins, M., Zhang, X., Setter, T., Xu, Y., Grudloyma, P., Gethi, J., Ribaut, J., Li, W., Zhang, X., Zheng, Y., Yan, J. 2013. Genome-wide association analysis for non agronomic traits in maize under well-watered and water-stressed conditions. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 126(10):2587-96. DOI 10.1007/s00122-013-2158-x.
Characterization of a maize association mapping panel for new sources of Aspergillus flavus and aflatoxin accumulation resistance -
Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P., Windham, G.L., Murray, S., Xu, W., Hawkins, L.K., Franco, J. 2013. Phenotypic and genetic characterization of a maize association mapping panel developed for identification of new sources of resistance to Aspergillus flavus and aflatoxin accumulation. Crop Science. 53:2374-2383.
Development of a gene - based marker correlated to reduced aflatoxin accumulation in maize -
Mylroie, J.E., Warburton, M.L., Wilkinson, J.R. 2013. Development of a gene - based marker correlated to reduced aflatoxin accumulation in maize. Euphytica. 194:431-441.
Meta-analyses of QTL for grain yield and anthesis silking interval in 18 maize populations evaluated under water-stressed and well-watered environments -
Samagn, K., Beyene, Y., Warburton, M.L., Tarkegne, A., Mugo, S., Meisel, B., Schabiague, P., Prasanna, B.M. 2013. Meta-analyses of QTL for grain yield and anthesis silking interval in 18 maize populations evaluated under water-stressed and well-watered environments. BMC Genomics. 14:313. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/14/313.
Natural variation in the sequence of PSY1 enhances provitamin A biofortification of yellow maize -
Fu, Z., Chai, Y., Zhou, Y., Yang, X., Warburton, M.L., Xu, S., Cai, Y., Zhang, D., Li, J., Yan, J. 2012. Natural variation in the sequence of PSY1 and frequency of favorable polymorphisms among tropical and temperate maize germplasm. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 126(4):923-935.
Confirming QTL for aflatoxin resistance from Mp313E in different genetic backgrounds -
Willcox, M., Davis, G., Warburton, M.L., Windham, G.L., Abbas, H.K., Betran, J., Holland, J.B., Williams, W.P. 2013. Confirming quantitative trait loci for aflatoxin resistance from Mp313E in different genetic backgrounds. Molecular Breeding. 32(1):15-26.
Characterization of genetic diversity and linkage disequilibrium of ZmLOX4 and ZmLOX5 loci in maize. -
De La Fuente, G.N., Murray, S., Isakeit, T., Park, Y., Yan, Y., Warburton, M.L., Kolomiets, M.V. 2013. Characterization of genetic diversity and linkage disequilibrium of ZmLOX4 and ZmLOX5 loci in maize. PLoS One. 8(1):e53973. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053973.
Comparison of the performance of synthetic maize varieties created based on genetic distance or general combining ability of the parent -
Narro, L., Franco, J.D., George, M.L., Arcos, A.L., Osorio, K., Warburton, M.L. 2013. Comparison of the performance of synthetic maize varieties created based on genetic distance or general combining ability of the parent. Maydica. 57:83-91.
Genome-wide association study dissects the genetic architecture of oil biosynthesis and accumulation in maize kernel -
Hui, L., Yang, X., Wang, W., Peng, Z., Fu, J., Han, Y., Chai, Y., Guo, T., Yang, N., Liu, J., Warburton, M.L., Chen, Y., Hao, X., Zhang, P., Liu, Y., Li, J., Wang, G., Yan, J. 2012. Genome-wide association study dissects the genetic architecture of oil biosynthesis and accumulation in maize kernel. Nature Genetics. 45(1):43-50. doi:10.1038/ng.2484.
Molecular characterization of diverse CIMMYT maize inbred lines from eastern and southern Africa using single nucleotide polymorphic markers -
Semagn, K., Magorokosho, C., Vivek, B.S., Makumbi, D., Beyene, Y., Mugo, S., Prasanna, B.M., Warburton, M.L. 2012. Molecular characterization of diverse CIMMYT maize inbred lines from eastern and southern Africa using single nucleotide polymorphic markers. BioMed Central (BMC) Genetics. 13:113. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-12-113.
An 11-bp insertion in Zea mays FatB reduces the palmitate content of fatty acids in maize grain -
Li, L., Li, H., Li, Q., Yang, X., Zheng, D., Warburton, M.L., Chai, Y., Zhang, P., Guo, Y., Yan, J., Li, J. 2011. An 11-bp insertion in Zea mays fatB reduces the palmitate acid content of fatty acids in maize grain. PLoS One. 6 (e24699):1-12.
A public platform for the verification of the phenotypic effect of candidate genes for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation and Aspergillus flavus infection in maize -
Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P., Hawkins, L., Bridges, S., Gresham, C., Harper, J., Ozkan, S., Mylroie, J.E., Shan, X. 2011. A public platform for the verification of the phenotypic effect of candidate genes for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation and Aspergillus flavus infection in maize. Toxins. 3:754-765.
Association Mapping for Enhancing Maize Genetic Improvement -
Yan, J., Warburton, M.L., Crouch, J. 2011. Association mapping for enhancing maize genetic improvement. Crop Science. 51:433-449.
Gene Flow Among Different Teosinte Taxa and Into the Domesticated Maize Gene Pool -
Warburton, M.L., Wilkes, G., Taba, S., Charcosset, A., Mir, C., Dumas, F., Madur, D., Dreisigacker, S., Bedoya, C., Prasanna, B.M., Xie, C.X., Hearne, S., Franco, J. 2011. Gene flow among different teosinte taxa and into the domesticated maize gene pool. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 58:1243-1261.
Genetic Association Mapping Identifies Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in Genes that Affect Abscisic Acid Levels in Maize Floral Tissues During Drought -
Setter, T.L., Yan, J., Warburton, M.L., Ribaut, J., Xu, Y., Sawkins, M., Buckler, E.S., Zhang, Z., Gore, M.A. 2010. Genetic association mapping identifies single nucleotide polymorphisms in genes that affect abscisic acid levels in maize floral tissues during drought. Journal of Experimental Botany. 62:701-716. doi:10.1093/jxb/erq308.
Integrated database for identifying candate genes for Aspergillus flavus resistance in maize -
Kelley, R.Y., Gresham, C., Harper, J., Bridges, S.M., Warburton, M.L., Hawkins, L.K., Pechanova, O., Peethambaran, B., Pechan, T., Luthe, D.S., Mylroie, J.E., Ankala, A., Ozkan, S., Henry, W.B., Williams, W.P. 2010. Integrated database for identifying candidate genes for Aspergillus flavus resistance in maize. BMC Bioinformatics. 11(6):S25.
Relationship, Evolutionary Fate and Function of Two Maize Co-orthologs of Rice GW2 Associated with Kernel Size and Weight -
Li, Q., Li, L., Yang, X., Warburton, M.L., Bai, G., Dai, J., Li, J., Yan, J. 2010. Relationship, evolutionary fate and function of two maize co-orthologs of rice GW2 associated with kernel size and weight. Biomed Central (BMC) Plant Biology. 10:143-157.
Discovery and Characterization of Proteins Associated with Aflatoxin-Resistance: Evaluating Their Potential as Breeding Markers -
Brown, R.L., Chen, Z.-Y, Warburton, M., Luo, M., Menkir, A., Fakhoury, A., Bhatnagar, D. 2010. Discovery and Characterization of Proteins Associated with Aflatoxin-Resistance: Evaluating Their Potential as Breeding Markers. Toxins. 2(4):919-933.
Identification of QTL contributing resistance to aflatoxin accumulation in maize -
Warburton, M.L., Brooks, T.D., Windham, G.L., Williams, W.P. 2011. Identification of novel QTL contributing resistance to aflatoxin accumulation in maize. Molecular Breeding. 27:491-499.
Genetic analysis and characterization of a new maize association mapping panel for quantitative trait loci dissesction -
Yang, X., Yan, J., Shah, T., Warburton, M.L., Li, Q., Li, L., Gao, Y., Chai, Y., Fu, Z., Zhou, Y., Xu, S., Bai, G., Yijiang, M., Zheng, Y., Li, J. 2010. Genetic Analysis and Characterization of a New Maize Association Mapping Panel for Quantitative Trait Loci Dissesction. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 121:417-431.
Rare Genetic Variation at Zea mays crtRB1 Increases B-Carotene in Maize Grain -
Yan, J., Kandianis, C.B., Haries, C.E., Bai, L., Kim, E., Yang, X., Skinner, D., Fu, Z., Mitchell, S., Li, Q., Fernandez, M., Zaharieva, M., Babu, R., Fu, Y., Palacios, N., Li, J., DellaPenna, D., Brutnell, T., Buckler, E.S., Warburton, M.L., Rocheford, T. 2010. Rare Genetic Variation at Zea mays crtRB1 Increases B-carotene in Maize Grain. Nature Genetics. 42:322-329.
Molecular marker-assisted breeding for maize improvement in Asia -
Prasanna, B.M., Pixley, K., Warburton, M.L., Xie, C. 2010. Molecular marker-assisted breeding for maize improvement in Asia. Molecular Breeding. 26:339-356.
Genetic Characterization and Linkage Disequilibrium Estimation of a Global Maize Collection Using SNP Markers -
Yan, J., Shah, T., Warburton, M.L., Buckler IV, E.S., McMullen, M.D., Crouch, J. 2009. Genetic Characterization and Linkage Disequilibrium Estimation of a Global Maize Collection Using SNP Markers. PLoS One. 4:1-14.
Microarray-Based Mapping for the Detection of Molecular Markers in Response to Aspergillus flavus Infection in Susceptible and Resistant Maize Lines -
Kelley, R.Y., Ankala, A., Sakhanokho, H.F., Mylroie, J.E., Boykin, D.L., Bridges, S., Thanthiriwatte, C., Hawkins, L.K., Windham, G.L., Warburton, M.L., Williams, W.P. 2009. Microarray-Based Mapping for the Detection of Molecular Markers in Response to Aspergillus flavus Infection in Susceptible and Resistant Maize Lines. Aflatoxin Workshop.
Cloning and Characterization of a Putative GS3 Ortholog Involved in Maize Kernel Development -
Li, Q., Yang, X., Bai, G., Warburton, M.L., Mahuku, G., Gore, M., Dai, J., Li, J., Yan, J. 2010. Cloning and Characterization of a Putative GS3 Ortholog Involved in Maize Kernel Development. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 120:753-763.
High-throughput SNP genotyping with the GoldenGate assay in maize -
Yan, J., Yang, X., Shah, T., Sanchez-Viellda, H., Li, J., Warburton, M.L., Zhou, Y., Jonathan, J., Xu, Y. 2010. High-throughput SNP Genotyping with the GoldenGate Assay in Maize. Molecular Breeding. 25:441-451.
Toward Cost-Effective Fingerprinting Methodology to Distinguish Maize Open-Pollinated Varieties -
Warburton, M.L., Setimela, P., Franco, J., Cordova, H., Pixley, K., Banziger, M., Dreisigacker, S., Bedoya, C., Macrobert, J. 2010. Toward a Cost-Effective Fingerprinting Methodology to Distinguish Maize Open-Pollinated Varieties. Crop Science. 50:467-477.
Nucelotide Diversity and Molecular Evolution of the PSY1 Gene in Zea mays Compared to some Other Grass Species -
Fu, Z.Y., Yan, J.B., Zheng, Y.P., Warburton, M.L., Crouch, J.H., Li, J.S. 2010. Nucelotide Diversity and Molecular Evolution of the PSY1 Gene in Zea mays Compared to some Other Grass Species. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 120:709-720.
Identification and mapping of new sources of resistance to aflatoxin accumulation in maize -
Warburton, M.L., Brooks, T.D., Krakowsky, M.D., Shan, X., Windham, G.L., Williams, W.P. 2009. Identification and mapping of new sources of resistance to aflatoxin accumulation in maize. Crop Science. 49:1403-1408.
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