International Sugar Journal

Sugarcane genome sequencing and gene discovery: Getting closer to sugar content, fibre and drought traits* [Full subscriber]

The understanding of the regulatory networks that drive sugarcane physiology and agronomic traits becomes increasingly necessary for the improvement of sugarcane. We are interested in understanding the regulation of carbon partitioning, sugar content, fibre yield and drought tolerance. Different field and greenhouse experiments have been done to obtain physiological and technological data. We collected sugarcane samples from leaf and internode tissues and analysed transcriptome and biochemical changes. Data are being integrated in the SUCEST-FUN database (http://sucest-fun.org) where several tools are available to interrogate the data focusing on different aspects. We have identified 10 262 differences in gene expression when cultivars…

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