About the Authors

Hai Du

Affiliations Maize Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Maize in Southwest Region, Maize Research Institute of Sichuan Agricultural University, Ministry of Agriculture, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China

Bo-Run Feng

Affiliation Maize Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Si-Si Yang

Affiliation Maize Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Yu-Bi Huang

yubihuang@sohu.com (YBH); tangyx@mail.caas.net.cn (YXT)

Affiliations Maize Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Key Laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Maize in Southwest Region, Maize Research Institute of Sichuan Agricultural University, Ministry of Agriculture, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Yi-Xiong Tang

yubihuang@sohu.com (YBH); tangyx@mail.caas.net.cn (YXT)

Affiliation Biotechnology Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: YBH YXT. Performed the experiments: HD BRF. Analyzed the data: HD SSY. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HD YBH. Wrote the paper: HD YXT YBH.