A review of recent molecular genetics evidence for sugarcane evolution and domestication

Grivet Laurent, Daniels C., Glaszmann Jean-Christophe, D'Hont Angélique. 2004. A review of recent molecular genetics evidence for sugarcane evolution and domestication. Ethnobotany Research and Applications, 2 (1) : pp. 9-17.

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Abstract : In 1987, J. Daniels and B. T. Roach published an exhaustive multidisciplinary review of evidence permitting the domestication and the early evolution of sugarcane to be traced. We try here to synthesize the new data that have been produced since, and their contribution to the understanding of the global picture. It is now highly probable that sugarcane evolved from a specific lineage restricted to current genus Saccharum and independent from lineages that conducted to genera Miscanthus and Erianthus. The scenario established by E. W. Brandes in 1958 is very likely the right one: Noble cultivars (ie. Saccharum officinarum) arose from S. robustum in New Guinea. Humans then spread these cultigens over large distances. In mainland Asia, natural hybridization with S. spontaneum occurred, and gave rise to the North Indian (S. barben) and Chinese (S. sinense) cultivars. Relationships between S. spontaneum and S. robustum in situations of sympatry are still not well understood. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Saccharum, Saccharum officinarum, Saccharum spontaneum, Saccharum sinense, Plante sauvage, Domestication, Génétique moléculaire, Évolution, Erianthus, Miscanthus, Hybridation interspécifique, Lignée

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Inde, Chine, Sulawesi, Kalimantan

Mots-clés complémentaires : Saccharum robustum

Classification Agris : F30 - Plant genetics and breeding
F70 - Plant taxonomy and geography

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Grivet Laurent, CIRAD-CA-Canne à sucre (FRA)
  • Daniels C., Institute for the Studies of Languages and cultures of Asia and Africa (JPN)
  • Glaszmann Jean-Christophe, CIRAD-AMIS-BIOTROP (FRA) ORCID: 0000-0001-9918-875X
  • D'Hont Angélique, CIRAD-CA-Canne à sucre (FRA)

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