Biotech Updates

Genetic Sequence and Map of Foxtail Millet Released

June 8, 2012

Researchers from the University of Georgia unveiled the genetic sequence and map of switchgrass' close relative Foxtail Millet.  Foxtail millet, a grass commonly grown in China, is one of the most important crops in Asia and is believed to be a potential source of biofuel especially now that scientists have identified the genetic sequence of the plant.

According to Jeffrey Bennetzen, lead author of the research, the sequence and map will allow scientists to systematically search for genes that influence plant traits such as disease resistance, drought tolerance, growth rate and  cell wall composition, which may further lead to development of varieties that require less water or pesticides or those which can be easily converted to biofuels.

View the University of Georgia's news release at