First monoploid reference sequence of sugarcane

Most species are diploids and have two sets of chromosomes, one from each parent. In contrast, many crops have multiple sets of chromosomes (they are "polyploid") and their complex genomes are more difficult to sequence and ...

The highly complex sugarcane genome has finally been sequenced

Sugarcane was the last major cultivated plant to have its genome sequenced. This was because of its huge complexity: The genome comprises between 10 and 12 copies of each chromosome, while the human genome has just two. It ...

Sugarcane research aims to harvest green energy

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists based at UQ are working towards one of sustainable energy’s holy grails - harvesting the untapped potential of sugar cane.