Because maize is both a commercial species and a genetic model system, the danger exists that the sharing of research materials might be diminished. It is imperative for us to work together to prevent this from occurring. Certainly, basic findings should be transferred to the industrial sector and basic advances in industry should be shared with the academic community for the benefit of both. Published materials must be shared for research purposes with the only restriction being against commercial use.
We remind the readers that contributions to the Newsletter do not constitute formal publications. Citations to them should be accompanied by permission from the authors if at all possible. Notes can be submitted at any time and will be posted verbatim at the staging site, followed by redaction for printing, and posting at MaizeGDB. Unless otherwise noted, we set an arbitrary cutoff of January 1 for the next print copy of that year. Electronic submission is encouraged and is done by sending your contributions as attachments, or as text of an email, to MaizeNewsletter@missouri.edu. We encourage the community to carry studies of general scientific interest to the formal literature. However, there is a great need to share technical tips, protocols, mutant descriptions, map information, ideas and other isolated information useful in the lab and field.
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