Bioinformatics in the orphan crops

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Orphan crops are those which are grown as food, animal feed or other crops of some importance in agriculture, but which have not yet received the investment of research effort or funding required to develop significant public bioinformatics resources. Where an orphan crop is related to a well-characterised model plant species, comparative genomics and bioinformatics can often, though not always, be exploited to assist research and crop improvement. This review addresses some challenges and opportunities presented by bioinformatics in the orphan crops, using three examples: forage grasses from the genera Lolium and Festuca, forage legumes and the second generation energy crop Miscanthus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-653
Number of pages9
JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 04 Sept 2009


  • comparative genomics
  • crop improvement
  • genome sequencing
  • orphan crops
  • plant breeding


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