Submitted to: Indigenous Knowledge and Development Monitor
Publication Type: Research Notes
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/1/1995
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: A workshop that discussed and explored collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to studying the interrelationships between maize evolution and human cultural development was held from 29-31 August 1994 in Ames, Iowa. Sponsored by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., land hosted by the USDA/ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, it convened 30 experts in the interrelationship between maize and human cultures in the Southwestern United States and adjacent regions of Mexico. As a result of this conference, a research proposal was developed to secure funds for an interdisciplinary, multi-year, multi-institutional integrated research initiative. This effort seeks to characterize the patterns of maize genetic diversity in space and time, to provide opportunities for interdisciplinary training, to support cultural conservation efforts and, ultimately, to produce a handbook of the traditional races and varieties of maize indigenous to the United States.