Question on Corn?????

RLNielsen rnielsen at
Sun Aug 13 14:07:20 EST 2000

I do not know the history involving the two family names. All grasses are
commonly associated with Poaceae today.


Dr. R.L. (Bob) Nielsen
Professor of Agronomy
Agronomy Department/Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1150

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>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: owner-maize at [mailto:owner-maize at]On
>  Behalf Of David J. Gerrick
>  Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 12:49 PM
>  To: maize at
>  Subject: Question on Corn?????
>  An inquiring mind wants to know? I'm putting together a lecture for
>  my economic botany class on grains. I see corn sometimes listed as
>  Gramineae and at others Poaceae. What's the concensus? Was there some
>  profound discovery in cytogenetics which prompted Gramineae to be
>  changed to Poaceae. Is this change true of all true grains say
>  millets, rye, wheat. What I need is a good simple explanation for
>  students or a citation to the pertinent literature. I'm a chemist, so
>  ain't too smart!
>  David J. Gerrick - Natural Products Chemist
>  Dayton Tech
>  Lorain OH 44055

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