MaizeGDB: The Maize Genetics and Genomics Database

  • Lisa HarperEmail author
  • Jack Gardiner
  • Carson Andorf
  • Carolyn J. Lawrence
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1374)


MaizeGDB is the community database for biological information about the crop plant Zea mays. Genomic, genetic, sequence, gene product, functional characterization, literature reference, and person/organization contact information are among the datatypes stored at MaizeGDB. At the project’s website ( are custom interfaces enabling researchers to browse data and to seek out specific information matching explicit search criteria. In addition, pre-compiled reports are made available for particular types of data and bulletin boards are provided to facilitate communication and coordination among members of the community of maize geneticists.

Key words

Maize Database Genetics Genomics Genome Model organism database 



The author would like to thank Darwin Campbell for his work in maintaining the MaizeGDB database; Mary Schaeffer, Ed Coe, and Marty Sachs for their curatorial work; and Ethalinda Cannon, Bremen Braun, Scott Burket, John Portwood, and Jackie Richter for their technical support. This work was supported by the USDA-ARS, and the National Corn Growers Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisa Harper
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jack Gardiner
    • 2
  • Carson Andorf
    • 2
  • Carolyn J. Lawrence
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Genetics, Development and Cell BiologyRoy J Carver Co-Laboratory, Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Maize Genetics and Genomics DatabaseUSDA-ARS, Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Iowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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