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Andres, RJ., V. Coneva, M.H Frank, J.R Tuttle, L.F. Samayoa, S.-W. Han, B. Kaur, L.Zhu, H. Fang, D.T Bowman, M. Rojas-Pierce, C.H Haigler, D.C Jones, J.B. Holland, D.H. Chitwood, and V. Kuraparthy. 2016. Modifications to a LATE MERISTEM IDENTITY-1 gene are responsible for the major leaf shapes of Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (accepted).


Rebetzke, G.J., R.A. Richards, and J.B. Holland. 2016. Population extremes for assessing trait value and correlated response of genetically complex traits. Field Crops Research (accepted).


Olukolu, B., Y. Bian, B. De Vries, W. Tracy, R. Wisser, J. Holland, and P. Balint-Kurti. 2016. The genetics of leaf flecking in maize and its relationship to plant defense and disease resistance. Plant Physiology (accepted) doi:10.1104/pp.15.01870.


Xue, S., P.J. Bradbury, T. Casstevens, and J.B. Holland. 2016. Genetic architecture of domestication-related traits in maize. Genetics 204:99-113.


Horne, D.W., M.S. Eller, and J.B. Holland. 2015. Responses to recurrent index selection for reduced Fusarium ear rot and lodging and for increased yield in maize. Crop Science 56:85-94.


Nelson, P.T., M.D. Krakowsky, N.D. Coles, J.B. Holland, D.M. Bubeck, J.S.C. Smith, and M.M. Goodman. 2015. Genetic characterization of the North Carolina State University maize lines. Crop Science 56:259-275.



Bian, Y., and J.B. Holland. 2015. Ensemble learning of QTL models improves prediction of complex traits. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 5:2073-2084.


Holland, J.B. 2015. MAGIC Maize: A new resource for plant genetics. (Research highlight on Della’Aqua et al. 2015 Genome Biology 16:167) Genome Biology 16:163.


Pratt, R.C., J.B. Holland, P.J. Balint-Kurti, N.D. Coles, J. Zwonitzer, M.A. Casey, and M.D. McMullen. 2015. Registration of the Ki14 × B73 recombinant inbred mapping population of maize. Journal of Plant Registrations 9:262–265 .


Jamann, T.M., P.J. Balint-Kurti, and J.B. Holland. 2015. QTL mapping using high-throughput sequencing. P. 257-285. In: J. Alonso and A.N. Stepanova (Eds.) Methods in Molecular Biology. Plant Functional Genomics: Methods and Protocols. Springer, New York.


Ogut, F., Y. Bian, P.J. Bradbury, and J.B. Holland. 2015. Joint multiple family linkage analysis predicts within-family variation better than single family analysis of the maize nested association mapping population. Heredity 114:552–563 .


Balint-Kurti, P.J., and J.B. Holland. 2015. New insight into a complex plant–fungal pathogen interaction. Nature Genetics 47:101-103. (‘News and views’ commentary on Zuo et al 2015 Nature Genetics 47:151-157).


Samayoa, L., R. Malvar, B.A. Olukolu, J.B. Holland, and A. Butrón. 2015. Genome-wide association study reveals a set of genes associated with resistance to the Mediterranean corn borer (Sesamia nonagrioides L.) in a maize diversity panel. BMC Plant Biology 15:35.





Zila, C.T., F. Ogut, M.C. Romay, C.A. Gardner, E.S. Buckler, and J.B. Holland. 2014. Genome-wide association study of Fusarium ear rot disease in the U.S.A. maize inbred line collection. BMC Plant Biology 14:372.


Bian, Y, Q. Yang, P. Balint-Kurti, R.J. Wisser, and J.B. Holland. 2014. Sensitivity of joint linkage and genome-wide association analyses of maize southern leaf blight resistance to data inputs. BMC Genomics 15:1068.


Hirsch, C.N., S.A. Flint-Garcia, T.M. Beissinger, S.R. Eichten, S. Deshpande, K. Barry, M.D. McMullen, J.B. Holland, E.S. Buckler, N.M. Springer, C.R. Buell, N. de Leon, and S.M. Kaeppler. 2014. Insights into the effects of long-term artificial selection on seed size in maize. Genetics 198:409-421.


Olukolu, B.A., G.-F. Wang, V. Vontimitta, B.P. Venkata, S. Marla, J. Ji, E. Gachomo, K. Chu, A. Negeri, J. Benson, R. Nelson, P. Bradbury, D. Nielsen, J.B. Holland, P.J. Balint-Kurti, and G. Johal. 2014. A genome-wide association study of the maize hypersensitive defense response identifies genes that cluster in related pathways. PlosGenetics 10: e1004562. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004562.


Teixeira, J.E.C., T. Weldekidan, N. de Leon, S. Flint-Garcia, J.B. Holland, N. Lauter, S.C. Murray, W. Xu, D.A. Hessel, A.E. Kleintop, J.A. Hawk, A. Hallauer, R.J. Wisser. 2014. Hallauer’s Tusón: a decade of selection for tropical-to-temperate phenological adaptation in maize. Heredity 114: 229-240.


Goodman, M.M., J.B. Holland, J.J. Sánchez González. 2014. Breeding and genetic diversity of maize. p. 14-50. In: M. Bohn, J. Lai, and R. Wusirika (Eds.) Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Maize. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.


Holland, J.B. 2013. Breeding: Plants, modern. p. 187-200 In: N.K. Van Alfen (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food Systems., Vol 2. Elsevier, New York.


Peiffer, J.A., M.C. Romay, M.A. Gore, S.A. Flint-Garcia, Z. Zhang, M.J. Millard, C.A.C. Gardner, M.D. McMullen, J.B. Holland, P.J. Bradbury, and E.S. Buckler. 2014. The Genetic architecture of maize height. Genetics 196:1337-1356.


Santa-Cruz, J.H., K.L. Kump, C. Arellano, M.M. Goodman, M.D. Krakowsky, J.B. Holland, and P.J. Balint-Kurti. 2014. Yield effects of two Southern leaf blight resistance QTL in near-isogenic maize hybrids. Crop Science 54:882-894.


Zila, C.T., L.F. Samayoa, R. Santiago, A. Butrón, and J.B. Holland. 2013. A genome-wide association study reveals genes associated with Fusarium ear rot resistance in a maize core diversity panel. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetic 3:2095-2104.


Sood, S., S.A. Flint-Garcia, M.C. Willcox, and JB. Holland. 2013. Mining natural variation for maize improvement: Selection on phenotypes and genes. p. 615 – 649.  In: R. Tuberosa, A. Graner, and E. Frison (Eds.) Advances in Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources, Springer, New York.




Romay, M.C., M. Millard, J.C. Glaubitz, J.A. Peiffer, K.L. Swarts, T.M. Casstevens, R.J. Elshire, C. B. Acharya, S.E. Mitchell, S. Flint-Garcia, M.D. McMullen, J.B Holland, ES. Buckler, C. Gardner. 2013. Comprehensive genotyping of the USA national maize inbred seed bank. Genome Biology 14:R55.


Willcox, M.C., G.L. Davis, M.L.Warburton, G.L. Windham, H.K. Abbas, J. Betrán, J.B. Holland, W.P. Williams. 2013. Confirming quantitative trait loci for aflatoxin resistance from Mp313E in different genetic backgrounds. Molecular Breeding DOI 10.1007/s11032-012-9821-9


Olukolu, B., A. Negeri, R. Dhawan, B. Venkata, P. Sharma, A. Garg, E. Gachomo, S. Marla, K. Chu, A. Hasan, J. Ji, S. Chintamanani, J. Green, C.-R. Shyu, R.J. Wisser, J.B. Holland, G. Johal, and P. Balint-Kurti. 2012. A connected set of genes associated with programmed cell death implicated in controlling the hypersensitive response in maize. Genetics 193:609-620.




Veturi, Y., K. Kump, E. Walsh, O. Ott, J. Poland, J. M. Kolkman, P. J. Balint-Kurti, J. B. Holland, and R. J. Wisser. 2012. Multivariate mixed linear model analysis of longitudinal data: an information-rich statistical technique for analyzing plant disease resistance. Phytopathology 102:1016-1025.


Hizbai, B.T., K.M. Gardner, C.P. Wight, R.K. Dhanda, S.J. Molnar, D. Johnson, J. Frégeau-Reid, W. Yan, B.G. Rossnagel, J.B. Holland, and N.A. Tinker. 2012. QTLs affecting oil content, oil composition, and other agronomically important traits in oat (Avena sativa L.). The Plant Genome 5:164-175.


Hung, H.-Y. and J.B. Holland. 2012. Diallel analysis of resistance to Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination in maize. Crop Science 52:2173-2181.


Hung, H.-Y., LM. Shannon, F. Tian, P. Bradbury, C. Chen, S.A. Flint-Garcia, M.D. McMullen, D. Ware, E.S. Buckler, J.F. Doebley, and J.B. Holland. 2012. The genetic basis of daylength adaptation underlying the post-domestication spread of maize. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109:E1913-E1921.


Chia, J.-M., C. Song, P.J. Bradbury, D. Costich, N. de Leon, J. Doebley, R.J. Elshire, B. Gaut, L. Geller, J.C. Glaubitz, M. Gore, K.E. Guill, J. Holland, M.B. Hufford, J. Lai, M. Li, X. Liu, Y. Lu, R. McCombie, R. Nelson, J. Poland, B.M. Prasanna, T. Pyhäjärvi, T. Rong, R.S. Sekhon, Q. Sun, M.I. Tenaillon, F. Tian, J. Wang, X. Xu, Z. Zhang, S.M. Kaeppler, J. Ross-Ibarra, M.D. McMullen, E.S. Buckler, G. Zhang2, Y. Xu, D. Ware. 2012. Maize HapMap 2 identifies extant variation from a genome in flux. Nature Genetics 44:803-807.


Cook, J.P., M.D. McMullen, J.B. Holland, F. Tian, P. Bradbury, J. Ross-Ibarra, E.S. Buckler, and S.A. Flint-Garcia.  2012. Genetic architecture of maize kernel composition in the nested association mapping and inbred association panels.  Plant Physiology 158: 824-834.




Bloom, J.C., and J.B. Holland. 2011. Genomic localization of the maize cross-incompatibility gene, Gametophyte factor 1 (ga1). Maydica 56:379-387. Online:


Brown, P.J., N. Upadyayula, G. Mahone, F. Tian, P.J. Bradbury, S.M. Myles, J.B. Holland, M.D. McMullen, E.S. Buckler, and T.R. Rocheford. 2011. Distinct genetic architectures for male and female inflorescence traits of maize. PLoS Genetics 7:e1002383.


Holland, J.B., and N.D. Coles. 2011. QTL controlling masculinization of ear tips in a maize (Zea mays L.) intraspecific cross. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 1:337-341.


Hung, H.-Y., C. Browne, K. Guill, N. Coles, M. Eller, A. Garcia, N. Lepak, S. Melia-Hancock, M. Oropeza-Rosas, S. Salvo, N. Upadyayula, E.S. Buckler, S. Flint-Garcia, M.D. McMullen, T.R. Rocheford, and J.B. Holland. 2011. The relationship between parental genetic or phenotypic divergence and progeny variation in the maize Nested Association Mapping population. Heredity  108:490-499.


Sánchez G., J.J., L. De La Cruz, V.A. Vidal M., J. Ron P., S. Taba, F. Santacruz-Ruvalcaba, S. Sood, J.B. Holland, J.A. Ruíz, S. Carvajal, F. Aragón, V.H. Chávez, M.M. Morales, and R. Barba-González. 2011. Three new teosintes (Zea spp., Poaceae) from México. American Journal of Botany 98:1537–1548.


Avendaño López, A.N., J.J. Sánchez González, J.A. Ruíz Corral, L. De La Cruz Larios, F. Santacruz-Rubalcava, C.V. Sánchez Hernández, and J. B. Holland. 2011 Seed dormancy in Mexican teosinte. Crop Science 51:2056-2066.


Jumbo, M., T. Weldekidan, J.B. Holland, and J.A. Hawk. 2011. Comparison of conventional, modified single seed descent, and doubled haploid breeding methods for maize inbred line development using GEM breeding crosses. Crop Science 51:1534-1543.


Wisser, R.J., P.J. Balint-Kurti., and J.B. Holland. 2011. A novel genetic framework for studying response to artificial selection. Plant Genetic Resources 9:281-283.


Negeri, A.T., N.D. Coles, J.B. Holland, and P.J. Balint-Kurti. 2011. Mapping of QTL controlling southern leaf blight resistance by disconnected and joint multiple population analysis in three connected recombinant inbred line populations. Crop Science 51:1571-1579.


Coles, N.D., C.T. Zila, and J.B. Holland. 2011. Functional allelic variation at key photoperiod response QTL in maize. Crop Science 51:1036-1049.


Wisser, R.J., J.M. Kolkman, M.E. Patzoldt, J.B. Holland, J. Yu, M. Krakowsky, R.J. Nelson, and P.J. Balint-Kurti. 2011. Multivariate analysis of maize disease resistances suggests a pleiotropic genetic basis and implicates a glutathione S-transferase gene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:7339-7344.


K.L. Kump, P.J. Bradbury, E.S. Buckler, A.R. Belcher, M. Oropeza-Rosas, R.J. Wisser, J.C. Zwonitzer, S. Kresovich, M.D. McMullen, D. Ware, P.J. Balint-Kurti, and J.B. Holland. 2010. Genome-wide association study of quantitative resistance to Southern leaf blight in the maize nested association mapping population. Nature Genetics 43:163-168.


Tian, F., P.J. Bradbury, P.J. Brown, Q. Sun, S. Flint-Garcia, T.R. Rocheford, M.D. McMullen, James B. Holland, E.S. Buckler. 2010. Genome-wide association study of maize identifies genes affecting leaf architecture. Nature Genetics 43:159-162.





Kump, K.L., J.B. Holland, M.T. Jung, P. Wolters, and P.J. Balint-Kurti. 2010. Joint analysis of near isogenic and recombinant inbred line populations yields precise positional estimates for QTL. Plant Genome 3:142-153.


Eller, M.S., G.A. Payne, and J.B. Holland. 2010. Selection for reduced Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin content in advanced backcross maize lines and their topcross hybrids. Crop Science 50:2249-2260.


Glover, J.D., J.P. Reganold, L.W. Bell, J. Borevitz, E.C. Brummer, E.S. Buckler, C.M. Cox, T.S. Cox, T.E. Crews, S.W. Culman, L.R. DeHaan, D. Eriksson, B.S. Gill, J. Holland, F. Hu, B.S. Hulke, A.M.H. Ibrahim, W. Jackson, S.S. Jones, S.C. Murray, A.H. Paterson, E. Ploschuk, E.J. Sacks, S. Snapp, D. Tao, D.L. Van Tassel, L.J. Wade, D.L. Wyse, Y. Xu. 2010. Perennial questions of hydrology and climate - Response. Science 330:33.     


Glover, J.D., J.P. Reganold, L.W. Bell, J. Borevitz, E.C. Brummer, E.S. Buckler, C.M. Cox, T.S. Cox, T.E. Crews, S.W. Culman, L.R. DeHaan, D. Eriksson, B.S. Gill, J. Holland, F. Hu, B.S. Hulke, A.M.H. Ibrahim, W. Jackson, S.S. Jones, S.C. Murray, A.H. Paterson, E. Ploschuk, E.J. Sacks, S. Snapp, D. Tao, D.L. Van Tassel, L.J. Wade, D.L. Wyse, Y. Xu. 2010. Increasing food and ecosystem security through perennial grains. Science 328:1638-1639


Holland, J.B., and P.T. Nelson. 2010. Dedication: Major M. Goodman, maize geneticist and breeder. Plant Breeding Reviews 33:1-29.


Zwonitzer, J.C., N.D. Coles, M.D. Krakowsky, C. Arellano, J.B. Holland, M.D. McMullen, R.C. Pratt, and P.J. Balint-Kurti. 2010. Mapping resistance quantitative trait loci for three foliar diseases of maize in a recombinant inbred line population—Evidence for multiple disease resistance? Phytopathology 100:72-79.


Coles, N.D., M.D. McMullen, P.J. Balint-Kurti, R.C. Pratt, and J.B. Holland. 2010. Genetic control of photoperiod sensitivity in maize. Genetics 184:799-812.


Gonzalo, M., T.J. Vyn, J.B. Holland, and L.M. McIntyre. 2010. Direct mapping of density response in recombinant inbred lines of maize (Zea mays L.). Heredity 104:583–599.


Yan, W., and J.B. Holland. 2010. A heritability-adjusted GGE biplot for test environment evaluation. Euphytica 171:355-369 .




Wooten, D.R., D.P. Livingston, J.H. Lyerly, J.B. Holland, E.N. Jellen, D.S. Marshall, and J.P. Murphy. 2009. Quantitative trait loci and epistasis for oat winter hardiness component traits. Crop Science 49:1989-1998.


Buckler, E.S., J. B. Holland, P. Bradbury, C. Acharya, P. Brown, C. Browne, E. Ersoz, S. Flint-Garcia, A. Garcia, J. C. Glaubitz, M. Goodman, C. Harjes, K. Guill, D. Kroon, S. Larsson, N. Lepak, H. Li, S. E. Mitchell, G. Pressoir, J. Peiffer, M. Oropeza Rosas, T. Rocheford, C. Romay, S. Romero, S. Salvo, H. Sanchez Villeda, Q. Sun, F. Tian, N. Upadyayula, D. Ware, H. Yates, J. Yu, Z. Zhang, S. Kresovich, M. M. McMullen. 2009. The genetic architecture of maize flowering time. Science 325:714-728.


McMullen, M. M., S. Kresovich, H. Sanchez Villeda, P. Bradbury, H. Li, Q. Sun, S. Flint-Garcia, J. Thornsberry, C. Acharya, C. Bottoms, P. Brown, C. Browne, M. Eller, K. Guill, C. Harjes, D. Kroon, N. Lepak, S. E. Mitchell, B. Peterson, G. Pressoir, S. Romero, M. Oropeza Rosas, S. Salvo, H. Yates, M. Hanson, E. Jones, S. Smith, J. C. Glaubitz, M. Goodman, D. Ware, J. B. Holland, and E. S. Buckler. 2009. Genetic properties of the maize nested association platform. Science 325:737-740.


Holland, J.B. Increasing yield. p. 469 – 482. In: S. Hake and J. Bennetzen (Eds.). 2009. Handbook of Maize: Its Biology. Springer, NY.




Eller, M.S., L.A. Robertson-Hoyt, G.A. Payne, and J.B. Holland. Grain yield and Fusarium ear rot of maize hybrids developed from lines with varying levels of resistance. Maydica 53:231-237.


Van Esbroeck, G.A., J.A. Ruiz Corral, J.J. Sanchez Gonzalez, and J.B. Holland. 2008. A comparison of leaf appearance rates among teosinte, maize landraces, and modern maize. Maydica 53:117-123


Eller, M.S., G.A. Payne, and J.B. Holland. 2008. Breeding for improved resistance to fumonisin contamination in maize. Toxin Reviews 27:371-389.


Nelson, P.T., N.D. Coles, J.B. Holland, D.M. Bubeck, S. Smith, and M.M. Goodman. 2008. Molecular characterization of maize inbreds with expired U.S. Plant Variety Protection. Crop Science 48:1673-1685.


Ruiz Corral, J.A., N. Durán Puga, J.J. Sánchez González, J. Ron Parra, D.R. González Eguiarte, J.B. Holland, and G.M. García. 2008. Climatic adaptation and ecological descriptors of 42 Mexican maize (Zea mays L.) races. Crop Science 48:1502-1512.


Yu, J., J.B. Holland, M.D. McMullen, and E.S. Buckler. 2008. Genetic design and statistical power of nested association mapping in maize. Genetics 178:539-551.


Wooten, D.R., D.P. Livingston, J.B. Holland, D.S. Marshall, and J.P. Murphy. 2008. Quantitative trait loci and epistasis for crown freeze tolerance in the Kanota x Ogle hexaploid oat mapping population. Crop Science 48:149-157.




Robertson-Hoyt, L.A., C.E. Kleinschmidt, D.G. White, G.A. Payne, C.M. Maragos, and J.B. Holland. 2007. Relationships of resistance to Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination with agronomic performance of maize. Crop Science 47:1770-1778.


Balint-Kurti, P.J., J.C. Zwonitzer, R.J. Wisser, M. Oropeza-Rosas, J. Holland and S.J. Szalma. 2007. Precise mapping of quantitative trait loci for resistance to Southern leaf blight, Caused by Cochliobolus heterostrophus Race O, and flowering time using advanced intercross maize lines. Genetics 176:645-657.


Krakowsky, M.D., M. Lee, and J.B. Holland. 2007. Genotypic correlation and multivariate QTL analyses for cell wall components and resistance to stalk tunneling by the European corn borer in maize. Crop Sci 47:485-488.


Holland, J.B. 2007. Genetic architecture of complex traits in plants. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 10:156-161.


Jines, M.P., P.J. Balint-Kurti, L.A. Robertson-Hoyt, T. Molnar, J.B. Holland, and M.M. Goodman. 2007. Mapping resistance to southern corn rust in a semi-tropical recombinant inbred line topcross population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 114:659-667.


Gonzalo, M., T.J. Vyn, J.B. Holland, and L.M. McIntyre. 2007. Mapping reciprocal effects and interactions with plant density stress in Zea mays L. Heredity 99:14-30.


Szalma, S.J., B.M. Hostert, J.R. LeDeaux, C.W. Stuber, and J.B. Holland. 2007. QTL mapping with near-isogenic lines in maize. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 114:1211-1228.


Robertson-Hoyt, L.A., J. Betrán, G.A. Payne, D.G. White, T. Isakeit, C.M. Maragos, T.L. Molnár, and J.B. Holland. 2007. Relationships among resistances to Fusarium and Aspergillus ear rots and contamination by fumonisin and aflatoxin in maize. Phytopathology 97:311-317.




Balint-Kurti, P.J., M.D. Krakowsky, M.P. Jines, L.A. Robertson, T.L. Molnár, M.M. Goodman, and J.B. Holland. 2006. Identification of quantitative trait loci for resistance to southern leaf blight and days to anthesis in a maize recombinant inbred population. Phytopathology 96:1067-1071.


Robertson-Hoyt, L.A., M.P. Jines, M.P., P.J. Balint-Kurti, C.E. Kleinschmidt, D.G. White, G.A. Payne, C.M. Maragos, T.L. Molnar, and J.B. Holland. 2006. QTL mapping for Fusarium ear rot and fumonisin contamination resistance in two maize populations. Crop Science 46:1734-1743.


Gonzalo, M., T.J. Vyn, J.B. Holland, and L.M. McIntyre. 2006. Evaluating inbred and hybrid differences in corn (Zea mays L.): A direct approach for testing QTL and treatment interactions. Genetics 173:331-348.


Zhao, W., P. Canaran, R. Jurkuta, T. Fulton, J. Glaubitz, E. Buckler, J. Doebley, B. Gaut, M. Goodman, J. Holland, S. Kresovich, M. McMullen, L. Stein, D. Ware. 2006. Panzea: a database and resource for molecular and functional diversity in the maize genome. Nucleic Acids Research 34:D752–D757.


Long, J., J.B. Holland, G.P. Munkvold, and J.-L. Jannink. 2006. Responses to selection for partial resistance to crown rust in oat. Crop Science 46:1260-1265.


Balint-Kurti, P., M. Blanco, M. Millard, S. Duvick, J. Holland, M. Clements, R. Holley, M.L. Carson, and M.M. Goodman. 2006. Registration of 20 GEM Breeding families adapted for the Southern US. Crop Science 46:996-998.


Starr, M.R., L.A. Robertson-Hoyt, G.A. Payne, and J.B. Holland. 2006. Improving resistance to fumonisin contamination in maize. p. 83-92. In: S.P. Moose (ed.) Proceedings of the 42nd Illinois Corn Breeders’ School. University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.


Yu, J., G. Pressoir, W.H. Briggs, I.V. Bi, M. Yamasaki, J.F. Doebley, M.D. McMullen, B.S. Gaut, J.B. Holland, S. Kresovich, and E.S. Buckler. 2006. A unified mixed-model method for association mapping accounting for multiple levels of relatedness. Nature Genetics 38:203-208.


Holland, J.B. 2006. Estimating genotypic correlations and their standard errors using multivariate restricted maximum likelihood estimation in SAS Proc MIXED. Crop Science 46:642-654.


Robertson, L.A., C.E. Kleinschmidt, D.G. White, G.A. Payne, C.M. Maragos, and J.B. Holland. 2006. Heritabilities and correlations of Fusarium ear rot resistance and fumonisin contamination resistance in two maize populations. Crop Science 46:353-361.


Tarter, J.A., and J.B. Holland. 2006. Gains from selection during the development of semiexotic inbred lines from Latin American maize accessions. Maydica 51:15-23.


Holland, J.B., P.K. Bretting, D.M. Bubeck, A.J. Cardinal, R.N. Holley, and D.V. Uhr. 2006. Major M. Goodman: A laudation. Maydica 51:3-13.


Holland, J.B. 2006. Theoretical and biological foundations of plant breeding. p. 127-140. In (KR Lamkey and M. Lee, eds.) Plant Breeding: The Arnel R. Hallauer International Symposium. Blackwell Publishing, Ames, IA.




Robertson, L.A., G.A. Payne, and J.B. Holland. 2005. Marker assisted breeding for host resistance to mycotoxin contamination. p. 423-435. In: H.K. Abbas (ed.) Aflatoxin and Food Safety. Marcel Dekker, NY (In Press).



Holland, J.B. Implementation of molecular markers for quantitative traits in breeding programs - challenges and opportunities. In: T. Fischer et al. (ed.) New directions for a diverse planet: Proceedings for the 4th International Crop Science Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 26 September – 1 October 2004. Online: - TopOfPage


Tarter, J.A., M.M. Goodman, and J.B. Holland. 2004. Recovery of exotic alleles in semiexotic maize inbreds derived fromcrosses between Latin American accessions and a temperate line. Theor. Appl. Genet. 109:609-617.


Holland, J.B. Breeding: Incorporation of exotic germplasm. p. 222–224. In: R.M. Goodman (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science. Marcel Dekker, NY.



Tarter, J.A., M.M. Goodman, and J.B. Holland. 2003. Testcross performance of semiexotic inbred lines derived from Latin American maize accessions.
Crop Sci. 43: 2272-2278.


Helland, S.J., and J.B. Holland. 2003. Genome-wide genetic diversity among components does not cause cultivar blend response. Crop Sci. 43:1618-1627.


Holland, J.B., W.E. Nyquist, and C.T. Cervantes-Martinez. 2003. Estimating and interpreting heritability for plant breeding: An update. Plant Breeding Reviews 22:  9-111.


Holland, J.B., and M.M. Goodman. 2003. Combining ability of a tropical-derived maize population with isogenic Bt and conventional testers. Maydica 48:1-8.




Holland, J.B., V.A. Portyanko, D.A. Hoffman, and M. Lee. 2002. Genomic regions controlling vernalization and photoperiod responses in oat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 105:113-126.


Cox, T.S., M. Bender, C. Picone, D. L. Van Tassel, J.B. Holland, E.C. Brummer, B.E. Zoeller, A.H. Paterson, and W. Jackson. 2002. Breeding perennial grain crops. Critical Reviews in Plant Science 21:59-91.


Cervantes-Martinez, C.T., K.J. Frey, P.J. White, D.M. Wesenberg, and J.B. Holland. 2002. Correlated responses to selection for greater b-glucan content in two oat populations. Crop Science 32:730-738 .


Holland, J.B., Å. Bjørnstad, K.J. Frey, M. Gullord, and D.M. Wesenberg. 2002. Recurrent selection for broad adaptation affects stability of oat. Euphytica 126: 265-274.




Holland, J.B., K.J. Frey, and E.G. Hammond. 2001. Correlated response of fatty acid composition and grain quality and agronomic traits to nine cycles of recurrent selection for increased oil content in oat. Euphytica 122:69-79 .


Helland, S.J., and J.B. Holland. 2001. Blend response and stability and cultivar blending ability in oat. Crop Science 41:1689-1696 .


Holland, J.B., S.J. Helland, N. Sharopova, and D.C. Rhyne. 2001. Polymorphism of PCR-based markers targeting exons, introns, promoters, and SSRs in maize and introns and repeat sequences in oat. Genome 44:1065-1076 .


Holland, J.B., and G.P. Munkvold. 2001. Genetic relationships of crown rust resistance, grain yield, test weight, and seed weight in oat in oat. Crop Science 41:1041-1050 .


Cervantes-Martinez, C.T., K.J. Frey, P.J. White, D.M. Wesenberg, and J.B. Holland. 2001. Selection for greater b-glucan content in oat grain. Crop Science 41:1085-1091.


Holland, J.B. Epistasis and plant breeding. 2001. Plant Breeding Reviews 21:27-92. (See also correction in Plant Breeding Reviews 22:112, included in PDF).


Holland, J.B. 2001. Enhancing disease resistance of crops through breeding and genetics. p. 60 - 83. In: (R. F. Wilson, C.T. Hou, and D.F. Hildebrand, ed.) Dealing with Genetically Modified Crops. Amer. Oil Chem. Soc. Press. Champaign, IL.


Portyanko, V.A., D.L. Hoffman, M. Lee, and J.B. Holland. 2001. A linkage map of hexaploid oat based on grass anchor DNA clones and its relationship to other oat maps. Genome 44:249-265.


Kremer, C.A., M. Lee, and J.B. Holland. 2001. A restriction fragment length polymorphism based linkage map of a diploid Avena recombinant inbred line population. Genome 44:192-204.




Holland, J.B., Å. Bjørnstad, K.J. Frey, M. Gullord, D.M. Wesenberg, and T. Buraas. 2000. Recurrent selection in oat for  adaptation to diverse environments. Euphytica 113:195-205.


Holland, J.B. and E.C. Brummer. 1999. Cultivar effects on oat/berseem intercrops. Agron. J. 91:321-329


Hoi, S.H., J.B. Holland, and E.G. Hammond. 1999. Heritability of lipase activity of oat caryopses.  Crop Sci. 39:1055-1059.


Frey, K.J., and J.B. Holland. 1999. Nine cycles of recurrent selection for increased groat oil content in oat. Crop Sci. 39:1636-1641.




Palmer, R.G., J.B. Holland, and K.S. Lewers. 1998. Recombination values for the MS6-W1 chromosome region in different genetic backgrounds in soybean. Crop Sci. 38:293-296.


Holland, J.B. 1998. EPISTACY : A SAS program to detect two-locus epistatic interactions using genetic marker information. J. Heredity 89:374-375.

Click here to go to the EPISTACY WEB PAGE and download program files


Holland, J.B., D.V. Uhr, D. Jeffers, and M.M. Goodman. 1998. Inheritance of resistance to southern corn rust in tropical-by-corn-belt maize populations. Theor. Appl. Genet. 96:232-241.


Holland, J.B. H.S. Moser, L.S. O'Donoughue, and M. Lee. 1997. QTLs and epistasis associated with vernalization responses in oat. Crop Sci 37: 1306-1316.


Holland, J.B. 1997. Oat improvement. P. 57-98. In (M.S. Kang, ed.) Crop Improvement for the 21st Century. Research Signpost, Trivandrum, India.



Holthaus, J.F., Holland, J.B., P.J. White, and K.J. Frey. 1996. Inheritance of beta-glucan content in oat grain. Crop Sci. 36:567-572.


Holland, J.B., M.M. Goodman, and F. Castillo-Gonzalez. 1996. Identification of agronomically superior Latin American maize accessions via multi-stage evaluations. Crop Sci. 36:778-784.



Holland, J.B., and M.M. Goodman. 1995. Combining ability of tropical maize accessions with U.S. germplasm. Crop Sci. 35:767-773



Holland, J.B., and E.T. Bingham. Genetic improvement for yield and fertility of alfalfa cultivars representing different eras of breeding. Crop Sci. 34:953-957.