Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/20/2013
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Crosses between sugarcane and wild species of Saccharum and other closely related genera are made to introgress new genes from the wild species into sugarcane. Characteristics of the progeny from these crosses may include increased biomass and the ability to be grown in a broader geographical range than sugarcane. Progeny from these wide genetic crosses have been selected for their potential as feedstock for the production of bioenergy and, as such, have been referred to as energycane. As part of an objective to reduce production costs of sugarcane and energycane, seven genera of diazotrophic, endophytic bacteria were identified among 85 isolates recovered from sugarcane. Experiments are being conducted to determine the potential of these bacteria to lower nitrogen rates among varieties of sugarcane and energycane. The bacterial isolates are also being tested for the ability to reduce the effect of systemic pathogens.