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International Journal of Plant Genomics
Volume 2008, Article ID 362451, 6 pages
Review Article

Genomics of Sorghum

Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia, 111 Riverbend Road, Athens, GA 30602, USA

Received 26 April 2007; Accepted 13 January 2008

Academic Editor: Yunbi Xu

Copyright © 2008 Andrew H. Paterson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is a subject of plant genomics research based on its importance as one of the world's leading cereal crops, a biofuels crop of high and growing importance, a progenitor of one of the world's most noxious weeds, and a botanical model for many tropical grasses with complex genomes. A rich history of genome analysis, culminating in the recent complete sequencing of the genome of a leading inbred, provides a foundation for invigorating progress toward relating sorghum genes to their functions. Further characterization of the genomes other than Saccharinae cereals may shed light on mechanisms, levels, and patterns of evolution of genome size and structure, laying the foundation for further study of sugarcane and other economically important members of the group.