A new book exploring how genetics and breeding practices have brought about advances in dedicated, non-food energy crops is a good read for anyone interested in bioenergy crops, says Joe Bouton.

Bouton, retired Noble Foundation researcher and University of Georgia emeritus professor, should know. He’s a co-author of the 300-page book, called Bioenergy Feedstocks: Breeding and Genetics.

Early chapters provide in-depth coverage of high-potential feedstocks, including switchgrass and miscanthus. The remaining chapters give an overview of breeding efforts of current feedstocks with specific attention to the development of bioenergy traits. Crops such as sorghum, energy canes, corn and other grasses and forages are covered.

The role of transgenics in bioenergy feedstock production and the development of low-input strategies for producing bioenergy crops are also described.

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