Your "Secretary" (title assumed by previous, more humble editors) fell behind this year, and this issue was delayed accordingly - no alibi, only an apology. Over 1,000 copies of this largest-ever News Letter will be sent to maize genetics cooperators and colleagues around the world. Funds for preparation, reproduction and mailing are provided by the U. S. Department of Agriculture directly and through the Maize Genetics Stock Center. We are, all of us, grateful beneficiaries of this indispensable support and encouragement.
Mailing list revisions, to update and correct addresses and to include telephone numbers, are still in process at press time. If you have not returned the post card (or have not received the post card) confirming your name and address and providing your telephone number, please supply the necessary information for next year's list.
Fifty Years Ago in Old Zealand is not included this year (News Letters 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, totalling 54 pages, were distributed in one year!). These issues are included in the microfilm of Nos. 1-29 and 33, available for $9.50 (simply send a check to Coe, made out to Maize Genetics). Back issues of No. 30 (1956) to date will be sent upon request.
Please note the corrigenda at the end of the Table of Contents.
Airmail service to addresses outside the U.S. will be provided for $3.00 if this amount is received by January 1st.
The deadline for the next issue (number 59, 1985) is January 1, 1985. Reports normally consist of information bearing on genetic understanding or genetic manipulation of maize. Brief items containing specific data, specific observations, and specific methods are of most value to readers. Items that may have been prepared as for formal publication, or that are not concise and specific, may be returned for reconsideration. Communications are received and assembled with minimum editing:
Quotation of the year:
"Heterozygotes for big rings are homozygous for cob." (C. R. Burnham)
With wishes for a better season than ever.
E. H. Coe, Jr.
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