Nils Berding

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Cultivated sugarcane clones (Saccharum spp., 2n=100 to 130) are derived from complex interspecific hybridizations between the speciesS. officinarum andS. spontaneum. Using comparative genomic DNA in situ hybridization, we demonstrated that it is possible to distinguish the chromosomes contributed by these two species in an interspecific F1 hybrid and a(More)
Many ecological studies rely heavily on chemical analysis of plant and animal tissues. Often, there is limited time and money to perform all the required analyses and this can result in less than ideal sampling schemes and poor levels of replication. Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) can relieve these constraints because it can provide quick,(More)
An assessment of genetic diversity within and between Saccharum, Old World Erianthus sect. Ripidium, and North American E.giganteus (S.giganteum) was conducted using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism (AFLPTM) markers. An automated gel scoring system (GelComparTM) was successfully used to analyse the complex AFLP patterns obtained in sugarcane and its(More)
Erianthus arundinaceus has great potential as a germplasm source for better ratoonability, vigour, tolerance to environmental stresses, and disease resistance in sugarcane. Many unsuccessful attempts have been made to introduce these characters into modern sugarcane cultivars. We report on significant progress made since molecular tools were implemented.(More)
Variation at the 18S+26S and 5S ribosomal DNA loci was assessed on 62 Erianthus Michx. clones, representing 11 species, and 15 clones from two Saccharum L. species used as a reference. Genus-specific markers for Erianthus Michx. sect. Ripidium Henrard (Old World species) were identified. Ribosomal DNA units in Erianthus sect. Ripidium exhibited an(More)
Rapid and efficient in vitro regeneration methods that minimise somaclonal variation are critical for the genetic transformation and mass propagation of commercial varieties. Using a transverse thin cell layer culture system, we have identified some of the developmental and physiological constraints that limit high-frequency regeneration in sugarcane leaf(More)
Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy was used to analyze nutrient composition of tropical and subtropical seagrasses in Queensland, Australia, as part of a broader study of impacts of grazing by dugongs on seagrass. Seagrass samples of 10 species were collected, transported to the laboratory, and separated into leaf and root/rhizome fractions. They were(More)
A collection of 65 Erianthus Michx. sect. Ripidium Henrard accessions (representing seven accepted species) and 14 Saccharum L. representatives (S. officinarum L. and S. spontaneum L.) were studied by RFLP analysis using 14 dispersed nuclear single-copy probes from maize. An intergeneric distance (1–F) of 0.748 was revealed between Erianthus and Saccharum.(More)
Sugarcane is a major crop of tropical and sub-tropical climates. Modern cultivars are hybrids of several Saccharum species. Many attempts have been made to make intergeneric crosses to increase the diversity of germplasm available for breeding. Currently methods of incorporating new traits through genetic manipulation are also being researched. A review of(More)
Two important factors influencing sugar yield, the primary focus of sugarcane plant breeding programs, are stalk number and suckering. Molecular markers linked to both of these traits are sought to assist in the identification of high sugar yield, high stalk number, low-suckering sugarcane clones. In this preliminary mapping study, 108 progeny from a(More)