New Crops Info 2014
Supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Species attracting attention:
as likely bioindicator species

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of likely bioindicator species
amongst the 68 crop uses/products investigated for each species

Listings of species attracting attention by scientific name, common name or keyword are available here.
The listing of all species on the website is available here.

Other likely crop uses/products investigated are:

[allelopathy]  [aquatic]  [beverage]  [biofuel]  [birdseed]  [boundary]  [breeding]  [cane/bamboo]  [cereal]  [charcoal]  [chewing]  [clothing fibre]  [companion plant]  [cosmetics]  [cut flower]  [dietary fibre]  [dye]  [erosion control]  [essential oil]  [flavouring/spice]  [fodder]  [food dye]  [food for humans]  [forage]  [fruit]  [fuelwood]  [genetics]  [grain legume]  [green manure]  [hemiparasite]  [honey]  [host for disease]  [industrial product]  [insect repellent]  [insectivorous]  [jewellery]  [medicinal]  [model]  [nut]  [nutraceutical]  [oilseed/fat]  [ornamental]  [paper pulp]  [pesticide]  [phytoamelioration]  [phytoextractive]  [plant grafting]  [plant gum]  [poison]  [pseudocereal]  [psychoactive]  [resin]  [revegetation]  [rubber]  [seagrass]  [shade]  [smoking]  [soil amelioration]  [starch]  [sweetener]  [tannin]  [timber]  [turf]  [vegetable]  [wastewater treatment]  [weed]  [wood fibre]


Most likely scope for crop use/product (%):

Species name

Bioindicator (92.9)

Hypogymnia physodes

Bioindicator (88.1)

Hypnum cupressiforme

Bioindicator (87.7)

Candelaria concolor

Bioindicator (87.5)

Amandinea punctata

Bioindicator (87.1)

Ramalina lacera

Bioindicator (85.8)

Flavoparmelia caperata

Bioindicator (82.1)

Ramalina farinacea

Bioindicator (81.6)

Parmotrema tinctorum

Bioindicator (80.0)

Hylocomium splendens

Bioindicator (79.0)

Bryoria fuscescens

Bioindicator (78.2)

Candelariella xanthostigma

Bioindicator (77.2)

Bauhinia blakeana

Bioindicator (76.2)

Sphagnum fallax

Bioindicator (73.1)

Pleurozium schreberi

Bioindicator (69.9)

Corymbia ficifolia

Bioindicator (55.9)

Corymbia intermedia

Bioindicator (55.1)

Carex limosa

Bioindicator (49.7)

Parmelina quercina

Bioindicator (46.3)

Caloplaca cerina

Bioindicator (43.3)

Corymbia gummifera

Bioindicator (42.2)

Jungermannia exsertifolia

Bioindicator (33.5)

Bryum pseudotriquetrum

Bioindicator (32.6)

Lepraria incana

Bioindicator (29.3)

Angophora floribunda

Bioindicator (23.9)

Liriodendron chinense

Bioindicator (23.2)

Platismatia glauca

Bioindicator (21.8)

Ficus microcarpa

Bioindicator (21.8)

Xanthoria elegans

Bioindicator (21.3)

Aesculus hippocastanum

Bioindicator (21.1)

Lobaria pulmonaria

Bioindicator (19.5)

Hypocenomyce scalaris

Bioindicator (19.3)

Pleuraphis jamesii

Bioindicator (17.9)

Angophora costata

Bioindicator (17.5)

Caesalpinia echinata

Bioindicator (17.0)

Derris trifoliata

Bioindicator (15.9)

Fontinalis antipyretica

Bioindicator (13.6)

Ulva australis

Bioindicator (13.3)

Sanionia uncinata

Bioindicator (12.7)

Leontodon hispidus

Bioindicator (12.3)

Ceratodon purpureus

Bioindicator (11.3)

Corynephorus canescens

Bioindicator (11.3)

Racomitrium lanuginosum

Bioindicator (10.6)

Ulva rigida

Bioindicator (10.5)

Linum strictum

Bioindicator (10.2)

Plagiomnium cuspidatum

Bioindicator (10.1)

Quercus ilex

Bioindicator (9.9)

Collema tenax

Bioindicator (9.7)

Spartina densiflora

Bioindicator (9.1)

Cladina arbuscula

Bioindicator (8.4)

Crepis vesicaria

Bioindicator (8.4)

Spartina maritima

Bioindicator (7.4)

Abies firma

Bioindicator (6.4)

Ailanthus altissima

Bioindicator (6.3)

Schizachyrium sanguineum

Bioindicator (6.1)

Ulva lactuca

Bioindicator (5.6)

Luzula luzuloides

Bioindicator (5.4)

Ipomoea nil

Bioindicator (5.3)

Sphagnum balticum

Bioindicator (5.3)

Stipa breviflora

Bioindicator (5.1)

Maireana astrotricha

Bioindicator (5.0)

Agrostis curtisii

Bioindicator (4.4)

Berula erecta

Bioindicator (4.4)

Metrosideros excelsa

Bioindicator (1.3)

Caulerpa taxifolia

Bioindicator (1.2)

Callitriche hamulata

Bioindicator (1.2)

Eichhornia azurea


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Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following: for plant names: Australian Plant Name Index, Australian National Herbarium; ; The International Plant Names Index, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew/Harvard University Herbaria/Australian National Herbarium; Plants Database, United States Department of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service;DJ Mabberley (1997) The Plant Book, Cambridge University Press (Second Edition); JH Wiersma and B Leon (1999) World Economic Plants, CRC Press; RJ Hnatiuk (1990) Census of Australian Vascular Plants, Australian Government Publishing Service; for information: Science Direct; Wiley Online Library; High Wire; Oxford Journals; USDA National Agricultural Library; for synonyms: The Plant List; for common names:; etc.

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