DISCOVERING THE DESIRABLE ALLELES CONTRIBUTING TO THE LIGNOCELLULOSIC BIOMASS TRAITS IN SACCHARUM GERMPLASM COLLECTIONS FOR ENERGY CANE IMPR
Sugarcane Production Research
Project Number: 6625-21000-005-16
Start Date: Sep 15, 2011
End Date: Sep 14, 2014
1. Identify a core collection of accessions from the World Collection of Sugarcane and Related Grasses that captures the greatest extent of phenotypic and molecular diversity.
2. Discover desirable alleles contributing to biomass composition in Saccharum spp through association analysis between allelic variability in candidate genes and lignocellulosic biomass components.
3. Characterize and select advanced energycane breeding lines assisted by associated markers for energy cane improvement.
The phenotypic and genotypic variation in the world collection of sugarcane and related grasses will be determined used to identify a core collection of accessions for association genetics and to identify genes and alleles important for breeding high biomass genoptypes.