Eukaryotic chromosomes consist of DNA-protein complexes referred to as chromatin. The current understanding of the relationship between chromatin structure and genome behavior is still relatively underdeveloped. The goal of this project (NSF 1444532)
is to identify and map genome-wide changes in chromatin structure in five diverse tissues of maize using a novel method developed with previous NSF funding. It is expected that chromatin mapping will reveal previously undetected and biochemically functional regions of the maize genome, while integrating genetic information from maize and other plant genome research projects.