Basic information on the sugarcane plant

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Henry, RJ & Kole, C 2010, 'Basic information on the sugarcane plant', in Henry RJ & C Kole (eds), Genetics, Genomics and Breeding of Sugarcane, Science Publishers, Enfield, NH, pp. 1-8.

ISBN: 9781578086849


Sugarcane is a major world crop supplying sugar and energy. This highly efficient crop from the grass family is grown in tropical and subtropical environments globally. The genome of modern cultivated sugarcane is large and complex originating from hybrids between two wild polyploid relatives, Saccharum officinarum and Saccharum spontaneum. This chapter introduces a volume that describes the genetics and genomics of sugarcane and consequences for sugarcane breeding.