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Jiming Jiang is a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His
research focuses on plant molecular cytogenetics, plant centromeres, potato breeding and
genomics. In addition to his research activities Dr. Jiang also teaches a course on
introductory cytogenetics, and he is an elected fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science.
James A. Birchler is Curators Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri-
Columbia. His lab studies gene expression in multicellular eukaryotes at the gene and
chromosomal level, using maize and Drosophila as experimental organisms. Dr. Birchler
has published widely in such journals as The New Phytologist, The Plant Cell, and Genes and
Chromatin, and he is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Arabidopsis Centromeres 3
Chapter 2 Rice Centromeres 15
Chapter 3 Maize Centromeres 25
Chapter 4 A Molecular Cytogenetic Analysis of the Structure, Evolution, and Epigenetic Modifi cations of Major DNA Sequences in Centromeres of Beta Species 39
Falk Zakrzewski, Beatrice Weber, and Thomas Schmidt
Chapter 5 Centromere Synteny among Brachypodium, Wheat, and Rice 57
Lili Qi, Bernd Friebe, and Bikram S. Gill
Chapter 6 CENH3 for Establishing and Maintaining Centromeres 67
Inna Lermontova and Ingo Schubert
Chapter 7 Holokinetic Centromeres 83
Stefan Heckmann and Andreas Houben
Chapter 8 Is the Heterochromatin of Meiotic Neocentromeres a Remnant of the Early Evolution of the Primitive Centromere? 95
María J. Puertas and Alfredo Villasante
Chapter 9 Misdivision of Centromeres 111
Adam J. Lukaszewski
Chapter 10 Female Meiotic Drive in Monkeyfl owers: Insight into the Population Genetics of Selfi sh Centromeres 129
Chapter 11 Plant Centromere Epigenetics 147
Ryan N. Douglas and James A. Birchler
Chapter 12 Centromere Evolution 159
Chapter 13 Centromere-Mediated Generation of Haploid Plants 169
Maruthachalam Ravi and Simon W.-L. Chan
Chapter 14 Engineered Plant Chromosomes 183
Robert T. Gaeta and James A. Birchler
Color plate is located between pages 182 and 183