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

  title={Biofuel and energy crops: high-yield Saccharinae take center stage in the post-genomics era},
  author={Savio de Siqueira Ferreira and Milton Yutaka Nishiyama and Andrew H. Paterson and Glaucia Mendes Souza},
  journal={Genome Biology},
  pages={210 - 210}
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. 
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