Plant Diversity ›› 2014, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (01): 89-98.

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Progress on the Breeding of Energy Plants Comprising the “Saccharum Complex”

 MAO  Jun-1, LIU  Xin-1, LIU  Xin-Long-1, SU  Huo-Sheng-1, LIU  Hong-Bo-1, CAI  Qing-1、2   

  1. 1 Sugarcane Research Institute, Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences/Yunnan Key Laboratory of Sugarcane
    Genetic Improvement, Kaiyuan 661699, China;2 Biotechnology & Genetic Resources Institute,
    Yunnan Academy of Agriculture Sciences, Kunming 650223, China
  • Online:2014-01-25 Published:2014-12-01


The “Saccharum complex” (Gramineae) is composed of C4 plants with high bioenergy potential. In recent years, because of the world energy crisis and developments in plant genetics and breeding, researchers at home and abroad have paid more attention to resource evaluation and bioenergy breeding of the “Saccharum complex”. This paper provides background to the taxonomy and key members of the “Saccharum complex” and reviews domestic and foreign progress on breeding the “Saccharum complex” using the core species, Saccharum and Miscanthus, as examples. The major purpose is to summarize previous research on breeding the “Saccharum complex”, and to highlight problems and solutions regarding phyletic classification and germplasm resource utilization of related taxa. Some suggestions are also given on future basic research and industrial exploitation.

Key words: Saccharum complex, Saccharum, Miscanthus, Energy plants, Genetic breeding

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