Jackson, P. and Henry, R. J. (2011). Erianthus. In Industrial Crops (pp. 97-107) Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-21102-7_5

Author Jackson, P.
Henry, R. J.
Title of chapter Erianthus
Title of book Industrial Crops
Place of Publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-21102-7_5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Series Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources
ISBN 9783642211010
Chapter number 5
Start page 97
End page 107
Total pages 11
Total chapters 10
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The genus Erianthus is related to Saccharum (sugarcane) and Miscanthus (a potential energy crop), and is part of the Saccharum complex. Taxonomy of Erianthus is confusing: some taxonomists regard Erianthus as being within the genus Saccharum, although molecular studies tend to support a separation. Some Erianthus species may provide high biomass yields, particularly in marginal environments, offering potential low cost feedstock for future bioenergy production systems. Erianthus is also a potential resource for genetic improvement for sugarcane, with a strong interest amongst sugarcane breeders in incorporating desirable traits, particularly vigor and adaptation to adverse environments. Fertile hybrids between Saccharum and Erianthus have been produced, but so far there are no reports of contribution to commercial sugarcane cultivars. Despite the interest and promise of this genus in contributing to crop improvement, there appears to be very few reports to date documenting performance for yields or other traits.
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Institutional Status UQ

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