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

Species attracting attention:
as a model species

The species below have attracted recent attention in the literature.
The percentages after each crop use/product reflect the rank of model 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]  [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]  [green manure]  [hemiparasite]  [honey]  [host for disease]  [industrial product]  [insect repellent]  [insectivorous]  [jewellery]  [medicinal]  [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

Model (79.5)

Aurinia saxatilis

Model (78.3)

Malcolmia maritima

Model (69.6)

Tragopogon miscellus

Model (54.6)

Isoetes engelmannii

Model (52.5)

Aponogeton madagascariensis

Model (50.5)

Gnetum gnemon

Model (48.4)

Arabis divaricarpa

Model (47.4)

Ceratopteris richardii

Model (43.5)

Festuca eskia

Model (38.9)

Ranunculus glacialis

Model (36.1)

Brachypodium distachyon

Model (35.9)

Arabis alpina

Model (35.6)

Pennisetum ciliare

Model (35.5)

Arabis drummondii

Model (34.9)

Iberis amara

Model (34.2)

Physcomitrella patens

Model (30.4)

Marchantia polymorpha

Model (30.3)

Austrobaileya scandens

Model (29.2)

Eschscholzia californica

Model (28.1)

Anthyllis montana

Model (26.2)

Aquilegia pubescens

Model (23.9)

Amborella trichopoda

Model (22.1)

Ipomoea nil

Model (21.4)

Antirrhinum majus

Model (21.3)

Bruguiera gymnorhiza

Model (20.3)

Thellungiella salsuginea

Model (19.0)

Carex magellanica

Model (18.6)

Helianthus paradoxus

Model (18.4)

Dendrobium thyrsiflorum

Model (17.8)

Illicium floridanum

Model (15.8)

Linanthus parryae

Model (15.2)

Erinus alpinus

Model (14.3)

Nicotiana benthamiana

Model (13.8)

Flaveria bidentis

Model (13.0)

Hypericum calycinum

Model (12.4)

Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Model (12.2)

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata

Model (12.0)

Lotus glaber

Model (12.0)

Lotus creticus

Model (11.9)

Barbarea vulgaris

Model (10.5)

Agapanthus praecox

Model (10.4)

Helianthemum nummularium

Model (10.1)

Populus euphratica

Model (10.0)

Helianthus petiolaris

Model (9.7)

Akebia trifoliata

Model (9.2)

Hordeum marinum

Model (8.9)

Cakile maritima

Model (8.9)

Bruguiera parviflora

Model (7.9)

Salicornia brachiata

Model (6.8)

Catharanthus roseus

Model (6.7)

Nassella pulchra

Model (6.4)

Parkinsonia florida

Model (6.4)

Aquilegia formosa

Model (6.4)

Carex sempervirens

Model (6.2)

Solanum pimpinellifolium

Model (6.0)

Psychilis monensis

Model (6.0)

Stipagrostis ciliata

Model (5.5)

Nicotiana sylvestris

Model (5.5)

Hakea prostrata

Model (5.4)

Cardamine hirsuta

Model (5.2)

Linaria vulgaris

Model (5.2)

Oryza nivara

Model (4.3)

Cavernularia hultenii


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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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