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Biofuel and energy crops: high-yield Saccharinae take center stage in the post-genomics era

Savio de Siqueira Ferreira1, Milton Yutaka Nishiyama1, Andrew H Paterson2 and Glaucia Mendes Souza1*

Author affiliations

1 Departamento de Bioquímica, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 748, 05508-000 São Paulo, SP, Brazil

2 Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA

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Genome Biology 2013, 14:210  doi:10.1186/gb-2013-14-6-210

Published: 27 June 2013


The Saccharinae, especially sugarcane, Miscanthus and sorghum, present remarkable characteristics for bioenergy production. Biotechnology of these plants will be important for a sustainable feedstock supply. Herein, we review knowledge useful for their improvement and synergies gained by their parallel study.