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

Species attracting attention:
for likely cereal production

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

Please note: Some species identified as cereals may not produce cereal grain
but may be frequently associated with the use of cereals, perhaps as weeds of cereal crops

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]  [bioindicator]  [birdseed]  [boundary]  [breeding]  [cane/bamboo]  [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

Cereal (81.6)

Triticum durum

Cereal (81.4)

Australopyrum retrofractum

Cereal (80.0)

Triticum turgidum

Cereal (76.7)

Triticum monococcum

Cereal (69.1)

Oryza nivara

Cereal (61.3)

Centaurium pulchellum

Cereal (57.1)

Petasites hybridus

Cereal (50.8)

Aegilops tauschii

Cereal (50.3)

Avena sativa

Cereal (47.3)

Oryza rufipogon

Cereal (46.9)

Leymus arenarius

Cereal (42.4)

Eragrostis tef

Cereal (41.9)

Ardisia colorata

Cereal (40.6)

Brachypodium distachyon

Cereal (39.3)

Ephedra fasciculata

Cereal (38.6)

Quercus brantii

Cereal (38.5)

Filifolium sibiricum

Cereal (38.2)

Bromus diandrus

Cereal (34.3)

Hordeum spontaneum

Cereal (30.3)

Oryza glaberrima

Cereal (30.0)

Cullen australasicum

Cereal (27.4)

Bothriochloa laguroides

Cereal (25.6)

Cenchrus biflorus

Cereal (25.4)

Digitaria exilis

Cereal (21.2)

Chenopodium pallidicaule

Cereal (21.1)

Hedysarum scoparium

Cereal (20.5)

Kalopanax septemlobus

Cereal (17.6)

Prosopis alpataco

Cereal (16.9)

Vicia narbonensis

Cereal (16.3)

Nicotiana alata

Cereal (16.1)

Brassica campestris

Cereal (15.9)

Illicium floridanum

Cereal (15.8)

Thinopyrum ponticum

Cereal (15.4)

Cortaderia selloana

Cereal (15.3)

Chenopodium quinoa

Cereal (15.2)

Fagopyrum tataricum

Cereal (15.2)

Argyroxiphium sandwicense

Cereal (15.0)

Tanacetum parthenium

Cereal (15.0)

Eragrostis pilosa

Cereal (15.0)

Oryza meridionalis

Cereal (15.0)

Helianthus annuus

Cereal (14.9)

Lupinus angustifolius

Cereal (13.5)

Amaranthus hypochondriacus

Cereal (13.2)

Fagopyrum esculentum

Cereal (13.1)

Lens culinaris

Cereal (13.1)

Aristolochia gigantea

Cereal (13.0)

Linum strictum

Cereal (12.7)

Bromus rubens

Cereal (12.4)

Centaurea depressa

Cereal (12.2)

Craterostigma plantagineum

Cereal (11.6)

Amaranthus cruentus

Cereal (10.8)

Microlaena stipoides

Cereal (10.6)

Cicer arietinum

Cereal (9.2)

Oryza australiensis

Cereal (9.0)

Flourensia cernua

Cereal (8.9)

Lobelia frutescens

Cereal (8.8)

Lecanographa hypothallina

Cereal (8.6)

Virola calophylla

Cereal (8.4)

Hordeum marinum

Cereal (8.3)

Podocarpus falcatus

Cereal (7.4)

Polygonum viviparum

Cereal (7.3)

Festuca nigrescens

Cereal (7.3)

Medicago lupulina

Cereal (7.0)

Platycladus orientalis

Cereal (6.4)

Linum usitatissimum

Cereal (6.3)

Liriodendron chinense

Cereal (6.0)

Ensete ventricosum

Cereal (5.9)

Avena strigosa

Cereal (5.8)

Papaver rhoeas

Cereal (5.4)

Hyparrhenia hirta

Cereal (5.4)

Oryza longistaminata

Cereal (5.4)

Leymus racemosus

Cereal (5.3)

Melilotus officinalis

Cereal (5.2)

Hylococcus sericeus

Cereal (5.0)

Raphanus raphanistrum

Cereal (4.9)

Lolium rigidum


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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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