Natural History and Genetic Diversity 1. Phylogenetic relationships of Saccharinae and SorghinaeElizabeth A. Kellogg2. The gene pool of Sorghum bicolor and its improvement. Clarissa T. Kimber, Jeff A. Dahlberg, and Stephen Kresovich3. The gene pool of Saccharum species and their improvement. Andrew H. Paterson, Paul H. Moore, Tom L. Tew4. The gene pool of Miscanthus species and its improvementErik J. Sacks, John A. Juvik, Qi Lin, J. Ryan Stewart and Toshihiko YamadaGenomic Tools, Resources and Approaches. 5. The Sorghum genome sequence: a core resource for Saccharinae genomicsAndrew H. Paterson 6. Transcriptome analysis in the Saccharinae Milton Yutaka Nishiyama-Jr, Fabio Vicente, Paloma Mieko Sato, Savio Siqueira Ferreira, Alan Mitchell Durham, Frank Alex Feltus, and Glaucia Mendes Souza7. Sorghum and Sugarcane ProteomicsBongani Ndimba, R Ngara8. Gene mutagenesis systems and resources for the SaccharinaeZhanguo Xin, Ming-Li Wang, Surinder Chopra, Pohao Wang9. Association Genetics Strategies and ResourcesJianming Yu, Martha T. Hamblin, and Mitchell R. Tuinstra10. Sorghum transformation: overview and utilityTejinder Kumar, Arlene Howe, Shirley Sato, Ismail Dweikat, Tom Clemente11. Genetic engineering of Saccharum Getu Beyene, Ian S. Curtis, Mona B. Damaj, Marco T. Buenrostro-Nava and T. Erik Mirkov12. Genetic engineering of MiscanthusDean Engler and Katrin Jakob13. Saccharinae Bioinformatics Resources Alan R. Gingle, F. Alex FeltusBridging Classical and Genomic Investigations of Sorghum Biology 14. Bridging Classical and Molecular Genetics of Sorghum Plant Stature and MaturityPatrick J. Brown and Andrew H. Paterson 15. Bridging classical and molecular genetics of sorghum disease resistance Clint W. Magill16. Bridging Conventional and Molecular Genetics of Sorghum Insect ResistanceYinghua Huang, Hari C. Sharma, and Mukesh K. Dhillon17. Genetic enhancement of sorghum for biomass utilizationWilfred Vermerris and Ana SaballosEarly Messages pertinent to Other Crops, from Saccharinae Research18. Comparative genomics of grasses: A Saccharinae-centric viewAndrew H. Paterson, Xiyin Wang, Haibao Tang, Changsoo Kim19. Comparative genomic analysis of C4 photosynthesis pathway evolution in grassesXiyin Wang, Andrew H. Paterson20. Differentiation of seed, sugar, and biomass-producing genotypes in Saccharinae species Seth C. Murray21. Perennialism and Weediness in the Saccharinae Russell W. JessupSynthetic and Futuristic Perspectives22. Bringing the benefits of sorghum genomics to AfricaSegenet Kelemu, Brhane Gebrekidan, Jagger Harvey23. Synthesis: Fundamental insights into plant biology from the Saccharinae clade Andrew Paterson
The Saccharinae clade of the Poaceae (grass) family of flowering plants includes several important crops with a rich history of contributions to humanity and the promise of still-greater contributions, as a result of some of the highest biomass productivity levels known, resilience to drought and other environmental challenges that are likely to increase, amenability to production systems that may mitigate or even reverse losses of ecological capital such as topsoil erosion, and the recent blossoming of sorghum as a botanical and genomic model for the clade.
In Genomics of the Saccharinae, advances of the past decade and earlier are summarized and synthesized to elucidate the current state of knowledge of the structure, function, and evolution of the Sorghum, Saccharum, and Miscanthus genera, and progress in the application of this knowledge to crop improvement. As a backdrop, it is important to understand the naturally occurring diversity in each genus, its organization and distribution, and its evolutionary history. Genomic tools and methods for Saccharinae biology and improvement have improved dramatically in the past few years - a detailed summary of these tools and their applications is a central element of this book. Application of genomic tools to priorities in crop improvement, including understanding and manipulating plant growth and development, composition, and defense, as well as increasing the quality and productivity of seed/grain, sugar, biomass, and other value-added products under a range of conditions and inputs, are addressed. In particular, as the first native African crop to emerge as a genomic model, sorghum offers an excellent case study of challenges and opportunities in linking new advances in biosciences to solving some of Africa's major agricultural problems. Several members of the clade, exemplified by Sorghum halepense (Johnsongrass) offer insights into weediness
Covers all aspects of the SaccharinaeAll chapters are written by experts in their fieldsIncludes unique illustrations and photographs