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Sugarcane Omics: An Update on the Current Status of Research and Crop Improvement

National Engineering Research Center for Sugarcane, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab 32200, Pakistan
College of Horticulture, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, China
Institute of Biotechnology, Ankara University, Ankara 06110, Turkey
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Plants 2019, 8(9), 344;
Received: 26 June 2019 / Revised: 8 August 2019 / Accepted: 20 August 2019 / Published: 12 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Genomics for Plant Breeding)
Sugarcane is an important crop from Poaceae family, contributing about 80% of the total world’s sucrose with an annual value of around US$150 billion. In addition, sugarcane is utilized as a raw material for the production of bioethanol, which is an alternate source of renewable energy. Moving towards sugarcane omics, a remarkable success has been achieved in gene transfer from a wide variety of plant and non-plant sources to sugarcane, with the accessibility of efficient transformation systems, selectable marker genes, and genetic engineering gears. Genetic engineering techniques make possible to clone and characterize useful genes and also to improve commercially important traits in elite sugarcane clones that subsequently lead to the development of an ideal cultivar. Sugarcane is a complex polyploidy crop, and hence no single technique has been found to be the best for the confirmation of polygenic and phenotypic characteristics. To better understand the application of basic omics in sugarcane regarding agronomic characters and industrial quality traits as well as responses to diverse biotic and abiotic stresses, it is important to explore the physiology, genome structure, functional integrity, and collinearity of sugarcane with other more or less similar crops/plants. Genetic improvements in this crop are hampered by its complex genome, low fertility ratio, longer production cycle, and susceptibility to several biotic and abiotic stresses. Biotechnology interventions are expected to pave the way for addressing these obstacles and improving sugarcane crop. Thus, this review article highlights up to date information with respect to how advanced data of omics (genomics, transcriptomic, proteomics and metabolomics) can be employed to improve sugarcane crops. View Full-Text
Keywords: sugarcane; omics approaches; biotic and abiotic stresses; crop improvement and development sugarcane; omics approaches; biotic and abiotic stresses; crop improvement and development
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Ali, A.; Khan, M.; Sharif, R.; Mujtaba, M.; Gao, S.-J. Sugarcane Omics: An Update on the Current Status of Research and Crop Improvement. Plants 2019, 8, 344.

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