Findings from University of Florida Update Understanding of Invasive Plant Science and Management [Genetic Diversity of Biofuel and Naturalized Napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum)]
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Fresh data on Life Science Research are presented in a new report. According to news originating from Gainesville, Florida, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Biofuel crops such as napiergrass possess traits characteristic of invasive plant species, raising concern that biofuels might escape cultivation and invade surrounding agricultural and natural areas. Napiergrass biofuel types are being developed to have reduced invasion risk, but these might be cultivated in areas where naturalized populations of this species are already present."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Florida, "The successful management of napiergrass biofuel plantations will therefore require techniques to monitor for escaped biofuels as distinguished from existing naturalized populations. Here we used 20 microsatellite DNA markers developed for pearl millet to genotype 16 entries of napiergrass, including naturalized populations and accessions selected for biofuel traits. Use of the markers showed a clear genetic separation between the biofuel types and naturalized entries and revealed naturalized populations undergoing genetic isolation by distance."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These findings demonstrated the utility of microsatellite marker transfer in the development of an important tool for managing the invasion risk of a potential biofuel crop."
For more information on this research see: Genetic Diversity of Biofuel and Naturalized Napiergrass (Pennisetum purpureum). Invasive Plant Science and Management, 2014;7(2):229-236. Invasive Plant Science and Management can be contacted at: Weed Sci Soc Amer, 810 East 10TH St, Lawrence, KS 66044-8897, USA (see also Life Science Research).
The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from Y. Lopez, University of Florida, Dept. of Hort Sci, Gainesville, FL 32611, United States. Additional authors for this research include J. Seib, K. Woodard, K. Chamusco, L. Sollenberger, M. Gallo, S.L. Flory and C. Chase.
Keywords for this news article include: Biotechnology, Energy, Florida, Biofuel, Gainesville, Oil and Gas, United States, Bioengineering, Life Science Research, North and Central America
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