A large species of American grass of the genus Zea (Zea Mays), widely cultivated as a forage and food plant; Indian corn, commonly called corn. Also, its seed, growing on cobs, and used as food for men and animals.
An American Indian word for corn, maize is the most important food in Pueblo life. The ancestors of the Pueblos were hunters and gatherers. During the third millennium B.C., the nomadic hunter-gatherer ancestors of modern Pueblo Indians added domesticated corn to their diet, which allowed them to establish farming communities along the Rio Grande and other fertile areas in the Southwest. Back to
Maize (Zea mays ssp. mays) is a cereal grain that was domesticated in Mesoamerica. It is called corn in the United States, Canada, and Australia, but in other countries that term may refer to other cereal grains. Hybrid maize is favored by farmers over conventional varieties for its high grain yield, due to heterosis ("hybrid vigor"). Maize is one of the first crops for which genetically modified varieties make up a significant proportion of the total harvest.
Maize (Zea mays L. ssp. mays) is a cereal grain that was domesticated in Mesoamerica and then spread throughout the American continents. It spread to the rest of the world after European contact with the Americas in the late 15th century and early 16th century. The term maÃze derives from the Spanish form of the Arawak Native American term for the plant.
MaizeDB: Maize Cooperation in Genomics and Genetics [database on the Internet]. Columbia (MO): University of Missouri. 1991- [modified 2001 Feb 5; cited 2001 Jun 18]. Available from: http://www.agron.missouri.edu Nomenclature Subcommittee. A standard for maize genetics nomenclature. In: MaizeDB [database on the Internet]. Columbia (MO): University of Missouri; 1991- [updated 2000 Apr; cited 2001 Jun 18]. Available from: http://www.agron.missouri.edu/maize_nomenclature.html