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Welcome to Maize ATLAS, the project site for Analysis of Clinal Variation in Maize: Implementation of an Experimental Framework for Studying Crop Adaptation, funded by USDA-NIFA under the AFRI Climate Variability and Change Challenge Program.

The domestication, adaptation, and improvement of plant species through artificial selection over the last thousands of years have provided food, fuel, and shelter for billions of humans. In order to mitigate stress epidemics associated with increased volatility of climatic norms revolutions in science and technology must continue to transform the agricultural landscape. This project aims to develop new approaches, tools, resources and knowledge to help harness untapped gene diversity to generate sustainably growing food plants in changing environments.

Focused on maize, this project aims specifically to: 1) phenotypically, genetically, and ecologically characterize genomic loci limiting adaptation of tropical maize to temperate environments, thereby enhancing the potential of plant improvement through breeding; 2) increase knowledge about the genetic basis of artificial selection that is fundamental to breeding and has allowed for the widespread adaptation and improvement of crops.

Jan 4, 2016

Project referenced in NYT OP-ED “We Need a New Green Revolution

Sep 1, 2015

Milestone: NILAS finalized — 1st year multi-location trialing and seed increased for all 672 introgression lines completed

Jul 15, 2015

PI Wisser speak at Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) event on Capitol Hill