Saccharum sp. (Sugar cane) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-100332 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 30 Aug 2017
Organism information
Saccharum sp.
Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae
Genus Saccharum
Species sp.
  • Sugar cane
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Crops
Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
Sugar cane is considered by many scientists to be originated in the Malayan Archipelago, New Guinea and some islands in Polynesia.
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The modern commercial cultivars of sugarcane are hybrids of several species belonging to the genus Saccharum. These species (S. spontaneum, S. officinarum, S. robustum, S. edule, S. barberi and S. sinense) all originate in Southeast Asia.

Although several species of Saccharum have contributed to give rise to the current commercial cultivars of sugarcane, they are primarily the result of the cross between S. officinarum and S. spontaneum and were developed by genetic improvement with the objective of gathering characteristics of interest present in the different species.
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  • Biofuel
  • Feed
  • Food
Additional Information
Many varieties of sugar cane exist. Specific varieties utilised for a given application is specified within the LMO record.
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