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

Species attracting attention:
for likely green manure production

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of likely green manure production
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]  [bioindicator]  [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]  [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

Green Manure (67.7)

Crotalaria juncea

Green Manure (67.5)

Avena strigosa

Green Manure (53.5)

Eremophila mitchellii

Green Manure (51.4)

Bromus carinatus

Green Manure (46.6)

Glyceria grandis

Green Manure (44.4)

Medicago lupulina

Green Manure (41.8)

Elymus glaucus

Green Manure (37.0)

Medicago polymorpha

Green Manure (31.7)

Sedum lanceolatum

Green Manure (29.6)

Melilotus officinalis

Green Manure (26.4)

Astragalus sinicus

Green Manure (25.7)

Bactris gasipaes

Green Manure (24.3)

Acer palmatum

Green Manure (24.0)

Crepis biennis

Green Manure (23.0)

Mucuna pruriens

Green Manure (21.9)

Centaurea melitensis

Green Manure (20.1)

Calicotome spinosa

Green Manure (19.8)

Brachiaria decumbens

Green Manure (19.4)

Tithonia diversifolia

Green Manure (18.8)

Elymus trachycaulus

Green Manure (18.7)

Malva parviflora

Green Manure (14.7)

Rhus copallinum

Green Manure (13.6)

Crotalaria pallida

Green Manure (13.3)

Pseudophoenix sargentii

Green Manure (12.6)

Avena sativa

Green Manure (12.5)

Callitris glaucophylla

Green Manure (11.6)

Aristida beyrichiana

Green Manure (11.1)

Vulpia myuros

Green Manure (10.6)

Gossypium hirsutum

Green Manure (10.0)

Polytrichastrum alpinum

Green Manure (8.6)

Imperata cylindrica

Green Manure (8.5)

Bromus hordeaceus

Green Manure (8.4)

Austrostipa scabra

Green Manure (7.9)

Retama monosperma

Green Manure (7.5)

Suaeda moquinii

Green Manure (7.5)

Kummerowia stipulacea

Green Manure (7.4)

Dalea purpurea

Green Manure (7.3)

Brachiaria brizantha

Green Manure (7.3)

Crotalaria micans

Green Manure (7.1)

Festuca rubra

Green Manure (6.5)

Cerastium glomeratum

Green Manure (6.4)

Amaranthus mangostanus

Green Manure (5.8)

Diplotaxis tenuifolia

Green Manure (5.5)

Portulaca oleracea

Green Manure (5.1)

Eucalyptus rubida

Green Manure (4.9)

Rauvolfia tetraphylla

Green Manure (4.7)

Calendula arvensis

Green Manure (4.6)

Elymus elymoides

Green Manure (4.4)

Capsella bursa-pastoris

Green Manure (4.1)

Gaylussacia baccata

Green Manure (4.1)

Crotalaria lachnophora

Green Manure (4.1)

Descurainia sophia

Green Manure (4.1)

Flavocetraria cucullata

Green Manure (2.1)

Asimina obovata

Green Manure (1.4)

Bromus riparius


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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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