The 'Cooperation' exists because you are a 'Cooperator' in keeping up the tradition of sharing information with colleagues, here and in many unheralded conversations, correspondence, and shared stocks and clones. The working research information here is shared with the understanding that each item is unpublished and is not to be cited in publications without specific consent of the authors. By sharing our research information, we contribute to the advancement of biology and to the power of shared technical knowledge.

Information here is in the form of "notes" and is not "published" in the sense of a refereed journal. Cooperators present brief technical notes, updates, mutants, segregation ratios, tables of mapping data, developmental and anatomical information and techniques, clones, biochemical functions, and the like. Comprehensive material and analyses are better directed to formal publication.

More and more cooperators supply notes, tables and figures in electronic form, and this greatly facilitates editing and compiling.

Following the interesting and valuable Reports, from individual Cooperators and laboratories, note the information sections, summaries, and compilations presented in this issue:

    Address List
    Maize Genetics Cooperation - Stock Center
    Maize Genome Database
    Maize Probe Bank
    New Genes - Newly Mapped Genes - New Markers
    Combined Table of SSR Loci
    Working Maps
    Acronyms for Functions
    Physical Maps of the Maize Mitochondrial Master Chromosomes (with thanks to Christiane Fauron)
    Zealand 1996
    Symbol and Author Indexes

Gifts to the Endowment Fund for support of the Newsletter now total about $100,000. Please see the listing, in the front of this issue, of donors whose generosity has made this total grow. We are all grateful for the support of our colleagues and of organizations with which we have common interests. Gifts to the Endowment Fund continue to be needed to assure that costs of production are met, and are very much appreciated.

The continuity and support necessary for collecting genetic and molecular information, evaluating it, and preparing gene lists, maps, and similar syntheses are made possible only by sustained and ongoing encouragement of this work within the Agricultural Research Service. The MaizeDB project advanced, through the efforts of Dr. Jerry Miksche, from a temporary to a regular, ongoing program provided by the Curator, Dr. Mary Polacco. We urge you with our strongest enthusiasm to use, assess, and contribute to the database.

Mary Polacco ingeniously contrived and "dumped" the supplemental Gene List (New Genes and Newly Mapped Genes); the list of New Markers; Zealand 95; reference links for ; the Stock List; and author and symbol indexes from MaizeDB, aided by the skillful savvy of Denis Hancock and Shirley Kowalewski. Help, advice and ideas also from my colleagues Mike McMullen, who reviewed and helped refine the whole, and Pat Byrne and Georgia Davis, who compiled, summarized, and evaluated contents, are warmly appreciated. Shirley Kowalewski skillfully made the contents into fine form, twisted diverse electronic sources to suit and interpreted exotic scripts, structured the year's literature and indexes, and questioned quality or content, or gave creative advice, at key moments. At University Printing Services, Yvonne Ball and the printshop staff again efficiently ensured the job was done promptly and well.

Details about the 1997 Maize Genetics Conference at Clearwater Beach, Florida, March 13-16, 1997, will be available on the MaizeDB Web at the earliest date, and information will be mailed to former attendees in November 1996; others may request the mailing by providing their address to Coe. The program and abstracts are provided by Bill Sheridan. The pilot trial for electronic submission and "Webification" of abstracts for the 1996 Maize Conference in parallel was largely successful, and will be enhanced for the 1997 Conference. The Steering Committee for the 1997 Maize Genetics Conference is:

Mary Alleman                                            Jeff Bennetzen                                         Paul Chomet
Curt Hannah, local coordinator                 Barbara Kloeckener                                 Jane Langdale
Mike McMullen                                         Paul Sisco, Chair                                     Julie Vogel

For submission of notes for the next issue (Number 71, 1997), please see details inside the back cover.

If you wish to subscribe to this Newsletter please use the form in the back of this issue.

Editor Coe

Please Note: Notes submitted to the Maize Genetics Cooperation Newsletter may be cited only with consent of the authors

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