CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF EPIGENETIC VARIATION IN MAIZE

Purpose

There is a growing interest in understanding how epigenetic variation might contribute to phenotypic variation. Epigenetic variation, heritable variation that is not due to sequence changes, has been observed in a number of biological phenomena. This project will study the prevalence, heritability and potential consequences of epigenetic variation on the maize inbred line B73 and on a set of 26 inbred lines that capture much of species' natural diversity. By focusing on this population we add epigenomic data to a wealth of existing information on genetic and phenotypic information and identify examples of epigenetic variation that contribute to "missing heritability".

Funding Source(s)

Matthew Vaughn

Director of Life Sciences Computing
vaughn@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-232-7124

Jawon Song, PhD

Research Associate
jawon@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-471-7291

Gregory Zynda

Research Engineering / Scientist Associate
gzynda@tacc.utexas.edu | 512-475-9411