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Norman Best
Plant Genetics Research
Research Geneticist (Plants)

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Projects
Adaptation of Grain Crops to Varying Environments Including Climates, Stressors, and Human Uses
In-House Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 443892
Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) Agreement - University of Missouri
Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement (N)
  Accession Number: 441686
Missouri Maize Center - Joint Administration of the Genetics Farm
Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement (N)
  Accession Number: 442031

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
A maize semi-dwarf mutant reveals a GRAS transcription factor involved in brassinosteroid signaling Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Kaur, A., Best, N.B., Hartwig, T., Budka, J., Khangura, R., Mackenzie, S., Aragón-Raygoza, A., Strable, J., Schulz, B., Dilkes, B. 2024. A maize semi-dwarf mutant reveals a GRAS transcription factor involved in brassinosteroid signaling. Plant Physiology. Article kiae147. https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiae147.
Synthetically labeled images for maize plant detection in UAS images - (Book / Chapter)
Piyush, P., Best, N.B., Washburn, J.D. 2023. Synthetically labeled images for maize plant detection in UAS images. In: Bebis, G., et al. Advances in Visual Computing. ISVC 2023. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 14361. Springer, Cham. p. 543–556.
Genetic evidence that brassinosteroids suppress pistils in the maize tassel independent of the Jasmonic acid pathway Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Best, N.B., Dilkes, B. 2023. Genetic evidence that brassinosteroids suppress pistils in the maize tassel independent of the Jasmonic acid pathway. Plant Direct. 7(7): Article e501. https://doi.org/10.1002/pld3.501.
Mapping maize mutants using bulked-segregant analysis and next-generation sequencing Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Best, N.B., McSteen, P. 2022. Mapping maize mutants using bulked-segregant analysis and next-generation sequencing. Current Protocols in Plant Biology. 2(11). Article e591. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpz1.591.
Transcriptional responses to gibberellin in the maize tassel and control by DELLA domain proteins Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Best, N.B., Dilkes, B.P. 2022. Transcriptional responses to gibberellin in the maize tassel and control by DELLA domain proteins. The Plant Journal. 112(2):493-517. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.15961.
Dedicated farnesyl diphosphate synthases circumvent isoprenoid-derived growth-defense tradeoffs in Zea mays Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Tang, H.V., Berryman, D.L., Mendoza, J.S., Yactayo Chang, J.P., Li, Q., Christensen, S.A., Hunter III, C.T., Best, N.B., Soubeyrand, E., Akhtar, T., Basset, G.J., Block, A.K. 2022. Dedicated farnesyl diphosphate synthases circumvent isoprenoid-derived growth-defense tradeoffs in Zea mays. Plant Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.15941.
Defects in meristem maintenance, cell division, and cytokinin signaling are early responses in the boron deficient maize mutant tassel-less1 Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Matthes, M.S., Darnell, Z., Best, N.B., Guthrie, K., Robil, J.M., Amstutz, J., Durbak, A., McSteen, P. 2022. Defects in meristem maintenance, cell division, and cytokinin signaling are early responses in the boron deficient maize mutant tassel-less1. Physiologia Plantarum. 174(2): Article e13670. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppl.13670.
Mutation of the nuclear pore complex component, aladin1, disrupts asymmetric cell division in Zea mays (maize) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Best, N.B., Addo-Quaye, C., Kim, B., Weil, C.F., Schulz, B., Johal, G., Dilkes, B.P. 2021. Mutation of the nuclear pore complex component, aladin1, disrupts asymmetric cell division in Zea mays (maize). G3, Genes/Genomes/Genetics. 11(7): Article jkab106. https://doi.org/10.1093/g3journal/jkab106.