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Sherry Flint-Garcia

Sherry Flint-Garcia

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences.

Plant Sciences,


Research Interest

The Flint-Garcia lab is interested in several aspects of genetic diversity in maize. Artificial selection has impacted maize diversity during its domestication from teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis) to landraces, and during plant breeding from landraces to modern inbred lines. One specific area of research is examining the impact of artificial selection on kernel composition, including protein, oil, starch, and amino acid content. A more broad interest is diversifying the genetic base of maize by utilizing landraces and teosinte.


Ph.D. Genetics Area Program; University of Missouri
B.A. Biology; Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Selected publications

Wisser, RJ, Z Fang, JB Holland, JEC Teixeira, J Dougherty, T Weldekidan, N de Leon, S Flint-Garcia, NC Lauter, SC Murray, W Xu, and A Hallauer. 2019. The Genomic Basis for Short-Term Evolution of Environmental Adaptation in Maize. Genetics. 213:1479-1494.

Xue, W, SN Anderson, X Wang, L Yang, PA Crisp, Q Li, J Noshay, PS Albert, JA Birchler, P Bilinski, MC Stitzer, J Ross-Ibarra, S Flint-Garcia, X Chen, NM Springer, and JF Doebley. 2019. Hybrid decay: a transgenerational epigenetic decline in vigor and viability triggered in backcross populations of teosinte with maize. Genetics. 213:143-160.

Gyawali, A, V Shrestha, KE Guill, S Flint Garcia, TM Beissinger. 2019. Single-plant GWAS coupled with bulk segregant analysis allows rapid identification and corroboration of plant-height candidate SNPs. BMC Plant Biol 19: 412.

Guo, T, X Yu, X Li, H Zhang, C Zhu, S Flint-Garcia, MD McMullen, JB Holland, SJ Szalma, RJ Wisser, and J Yu. 2019. Optimal designs for genomic selection in hybrid crops. Mol. Plant. 12: 390-401.

Mutiga, SK, Chepkwony, N, Hoekenga, OA, Flint-Garcia, SA, Nelson, RJ. 2019. The role of ear environment in postharvest susceptibility of maize to toxigenic Aspergillus flavus. Plant Breeding. 138:38-50.

Vanous, A, C Gardner, M Blanco, A Martin-Schwarze, A Lipka, S Flint-Garcia, M Bohn, J Edwards, T Lubberstedt. 2019. Stability Analysis of Kernel Quality Traits in Exotic-Derived Doubled Haploid Maize Lines. Plant Genome. 12:170114. doi:10.3835/plantgenome2017.12.0114

Vanous, A, C Gardner, M Blanco, A Martin-Schwarze, A Lipka, S Flint-Garcia, M Bohn, J Edwards, T Lubberstedt. 2018. Association mapping of flowering and height traits in germplasm enhancement of maize doubled haploid (GEM-DH) lines. Plant Genome. 11:170083. doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2017.09.0083.

Glowinski, A, and S Flint-Garcia. 2018. Germplasm Resources for Mapping Quantitative Traits in Maize. In: Bennetzen, J, Flint-Garcia, S, Hirsch, C, and Tuberosa, R. (eds). The Maize Genome. Springer International Publishing AG. Cham, Switzerland. P.143-159.

AlKhalifah, N, D Campbell, C Falcon, JM Gardiner, ND Miller, MC Romay, R Walls, R Walton, CT Yeh, M Bohn, J Bubert, ES Buckler, I Ciampitti, S Flint-Garcia, et al. 2018. Maize Genomes to Fields: 2014 and 2015 field season genotype, phenotype, environment, and inbred ear image datasets. BMC Research Notes 11:452.

Bohn, MO, JJ Marroquin, S Flint-Garcia, K Dashiell, DB Willmot and BE Hibbard. 2018. Quantitative trait loci mapping of western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) host plant resistance in two populations of doubled haploid lines in maize (Zea mays l.). J Econ Entomol. 111:435-444.

Flint-Garcia, S. 2017. Kernel Evolution: From Teosinte to Maize. In Maize Kernel Development. Larkins, B (ed). CABI. Oxfordshire, UK. P. 1-15.

Gage, J, D Jarquin, C Romay, A Lorenz, E Buckler, S Kaeppler and 34 others. 2017. The effect of artificial selection on phenotypic plasticity in maize. Nature Communications. 8:1348.

Lennon, JR, M Krakowsky, M Goodman, S Flint-Garcia, and PJ Balint-Kurti. 2017. Identification of teosinte alleles for resistance to southern leaf blight in near isogenic maize lines. Crop Science. 57:1973-1983.

Karn, A, J Gillman, and S Flint-Garcia. 2017. Genetic analysis of teosinte alleles for kernel composition traits in maize. G3 7:1157-1164.

X Gu, T Lee, T Geng, K Liu, R Thoma, K Crowley, T Edrington, JM Ward, Y Wang, S Flint-Garcia, E Bell, and K Glenn. 2017. Assessment of natural variability of maize lipid transfer protein using a validated sandwich ELISA. J. Agric. Food Chem. 65:1740-1749.

Karn, A, C Heim, S Flint-Garcia, K Bilyeu, and J Gillman. 2017. Development of rigorous fatty acid near-infrared spectroscopy quantitation methods in support of soybean oil improvement. J Am Oil Chem Soc. 94:69-76.

Liu, Z, A Garcia, MD McMullen, and SA Flint-Garcia. 2016. Genetic analysis of kernel traits in maize-teosinte introgression populations. G3 6:2523-2530

Venkatesh, TV, AW Chassy, O Fiehn, S Flint-Garcia, Q Zeng, K Skogerson, GG Harrigan. 2016. Metabolomic assessment of key maize resources: GC-MS and NMR profiling of grain from B73 hybrids of the nested association mapping (NAM) founders and of geographically diverse landraces. J. Agric. Food Chem. 64:2162-2172

Liu, Z, J Cook, S Melia-Hancock, K Guill, C Bottoms, A Garcia, O Ott, RJ Nelson, J Recker, P Balint-Kurti, S Larsson, N Lepak, E Buckler, L Trimble, W Tracy, MD McMullen, and SA Flint-Garcia. 2016. Expanding maize genetic resources with pre-domestication alleles: maize-teosinte introgression populations. Plant Genome. 9: doi:10.3835/plantgenome2015.07.0053

Lennon, JR, M Krakowsky, M Goodman, S Flint-Garcia, and PJ Balint-Kurti. 2016. Identification of alleles conferring resistance to gray leaf spot in maize derived from its wild progenitor species teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis). Crop Science. 56:209-218.

Venkatesh, TV, GG Harrigan, T Perez, and S Flint-Garcia. 2015. Compositional Assessments of Key Maize Populations: B73 Hybrids of the Nested Association Mapping Founder Lines and Diverse Landrace Inbred Lines. J. Agric. Food Chem. 63:5282-5295.

Teixeira, JEC, T Weldekidan, N de Leon, S Flint-Garcia, JB Holland, NC Lauter, SC Murray, W Xu, DA Hessel, AE Kleintop, J Hawk, A Hallauer, RJ Wisser. 2015. Hallauer’s Tuson: a Decade of Selection for Tropical-to-Temperate Phenological Adaptation in Maize. Heredity 114:229-240.

Hirsch, CN, S Flint-Garcia, T Beissinger, SR Eichten, S Deshpande, K Barry, MD McMullen, JB Holland, E Buckler, N Springer, RC Buell, N de Leon, SM Kaeppler. 2014. Insights into the effects of long-term artificial selection on seed size in maize. Genetics 198:409-421.

Peiffer JA, MC Romay, MA Gore, SA Flint-Garcia, Z Zhang, MJ Millard, CA Gardner, MD McMullen, JB Holland, PJ Bradbury, ES Buckler. 2014. The Genetic Architecture of Maize Height. Genetics 196:1337-1356.

Sood S, S Flint-Garcia, MC Willcox and JB Holland. 2014. Mining Natural Variation for Maize Improvement: Selection on Phenotypes and Genes. In Tuberosa R. et al. (eds.), Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources. p. 615-649.

Flint-Garcia S. 2013. Genetics and Consequences of Crop Domestication. J. Agric. Food Chem. 61:8267-8276.

Romay MC, MJ Millard, JC Glaubitz, JA Peiffer, KL Swarts, TM Casstevens, RJ Elshire, CB Acharya, SE Mitchell, SA Flint-Garcia, MD McMullen, JB Holland, ES Buckler, CA Gardner. 2013. Comprehensive genotyping of the USA national maize inbred seed bank. Genome Biol. 14:R55.

Peiffer JA, SA Flint-Garcia, N de Leon, MD McMullen, SM Kaeppler, ES Buckler. 2013. The Genetic Architecture of Maize Stalk Strength. PLoS ONE 8(6): e67066.

Voothluru P, HJ Thompson, SA Flint-Garcia, RE Sharp. 2013. Genetic variability of oxidase oxalate activity and elongation in water-stressed primary roots of diverse maize and rice lines. Plant Signal Behav. 8: e23454.