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2012 Maize Genetics Abstract and Program Information:

Abstract Submission:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically by Jan. 31, 2012. Use the link below to begin the process of submitting your abstract. Those who plan to be away near the time of the submission deadline tending to winter crops should submit abstracts in advance. Please indicate on the abstract form whether you wish to present a talk or a poster. Do not check both options. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Time constraints on the meeting may mean that some authors who request oral presentations will be asked to present their data in poster format instead. Abstracts should be submitted under one of the seven research topic categories listed on this abstract submission page and meeting website, based on which the submitter believes is most appropriate. Session topics will be determined (by the MGCSC) based on the abstracts selected for talks, but will likely be similar to the listed categories. The list of research categories has changed slightly from previous meetings.

Update (March 12th). Talk and poster submissions are now closed.

Logo/photo Contest Submission:

Logo submission is now closed. No more logos are being accepted.

Author Presentation Notification:

Authors of abstracts selected for oral presentations will be informed by email by February 14, 2012. Authors should check the meeting website to make sure that their abstracts are posted and contain no errors. If you have not received any information about your abstract, and it is not accessible on the web site by February 21, 2012, please contact John Fowler by e-mail at

Consistent with past practice, and the spirit of collegiality and inclusivity within the maize community, all poster abstracts have been accepted for presentation.


Each poster space is 122cm horizontal x 122cm vertical (48 inches horizontal x 48 inches vertical) and authors are responsible for bringing their own tacks for hanging the poster.


Abstract submissions are due by January 31, 2012.

Research Topics:

  • Biochemical and Molecular Genetics
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Computational and Large-Scale Biology
  • Cytogenetics
  • Education & Outreach
  • Quantitative Genetics & Breeding
  • Transposons & Epigenetics

Program Overview:

The Conference will open with the Thursday evening meal, March 15 and close at noon Sunday, March 18, 2012.

This year the meeting will feature four plenary speakers: Thomas Dresselhaus, University of Regensburg; Jenny Graves, Australian National University; Venkatesan Sundaresan, University of California, Davis; Bill Tracy, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program will also include approximately 30 short talks (15 minutes each), and extended poster sessions. A link to the complete program will be available on this page prior to the meeting.

Audio/Video Equipment:

Click here for helpful instructions for preparing your oral presentation.

Camera Policy:

The maize meeting is a forum for presentation and discussion of unpublished material. Photographing or recording of talks and posters is not allowed.

Poster/Presentation Upload Instructions:

See link below to upload your poster/presentation to MaizeGDB. By doing so, your poster/presentation will be available to download from MaizeGDB through the reference pages.

Upload your poster to MaizeGDB (Available in March).

Program and Abstract Volume:

Check here for the meeting program and abstract book (Available three weeks prior to meeting).

Download abstract books from previous meetings.

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Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 15 Mar 2012
End Date 18 Mar 2012

Deadlines Date
Housing 14 Feb 2012
Registration Site 31 Jan 2012
Financial Aid 31 Jan 2012
Talk Submission Closed
Last-minute poster Closed

News & Information
Mar 12: Update. All talk and poster submissions are closed. A new final electronic abstract book is now available.
Jan 28: Pioneer, a sponsor of the 2012 Maize Genetics Conference, announces that the 2012 ASPB-Pioneer Hi-Bred Graduate Student Fellowship competition is now accepting applications.
Jan 27: MaGNET (Maize Genetics Network Enhancement via Travel) Award submission is now open.

MaizeGDB tutorial

New! MaizeGDB is offering hour long "How to" tutorials immediately before the Maize Meeting at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00pm on Thursday, March 15, 2012.

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Meeting Organizers
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