About the Authors

Patrick J. Brown

pjb34@illinois.edu (PJ Brown); torbert@purdue.edu (TR Rocheford)

Affiliations Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

Narasimham Upadyayula

Affiliation Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

Gregory S. Mahone

Affiliation Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America

Feng Tian

Affiliation Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Peter J. Bradbury

Affiliation United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Sean Myles

Affiliation Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

James B. Holland

Affiliation United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service and Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

Sherry Flint-Garcia

Affiliation United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service and Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States of America

Michael D. McMullen

Affiliation United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service and Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, United States of America

Edward S. Buckler

Affiliations Institute for Genomic Diversity, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America, United States Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health, Ithaca, New York, United States of America, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States of America

Torbert R. Rocheford

pjb34@illinois.edu (PJ Brown); torbert@purdue.edu (TR Rocheford)

Affiliations Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, United States of America, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, United States of America

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JB Holland, MD McMullen, ES Buckler, TR Rocheford. Performed the experiments: PJ Brown, N Upadyayula, GS Mahone, S Flink-Garcia. Analyzed the data: PJ Brown, ES Buckler, TR Rocheford. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PJ Brown, F Tian, PJ Bradbury, S Myles. Wrote the paper: PJ Brown, F Tian, JB Holland, MD McMullen, ES Buckler, TR Rocheford.