International Sugar Journal

Utilisation of wild canes from China † [Full subscriber]

In 2002 a collaborative program of breeding and research was commenced, aiming to utilise wild germplasm from China for sugarcane improvement in both China and Australia. Some results and recommendations arising from this program to date are reported here. The program aimed to: 1. Characterise genetic diversity in Chinese S. spontaneum and Erianthus arundinaceus; 2. Conduct crossing between Chinese S. spontaneum and Erianthus spp. and sugarcane, and initial evaluation of the resulting progeny; 3. Assess if and how DNA markers can be used to identify genome regions of positive or negative value from wild clones, and to assist in programs…

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