Grasses question

Monique Reed monique at
Mon Dec 4 12:36:05 EST 2000

Don't forget sugarcane.  Sugar is *everywhere.*  Another biggie is
sorghum.  While some varieties are people-food, an awful lot more is
cattle fodder.

As for non-grass, it's likely either the potato or the soybean.  It
depends on how you define economically important--moneywise, or
number-of-people-deriving-nutrition-wise.  Much of what is grown is
eaten without being sold.

M. Reed

"Bohmfalk, John" wrote:
> Two different botany texts state that "Nine of the ten most economically
> important plants are grasses.", but neither text identifies all nine of
> them.  They do identify wheat, rice, corn, barley, millet, oats and rye.
> What are the other two?  Also, which non-grass is in the top ten?  Is it
> potato?
> Thanks.
> John
> Dr. John Bohmfalk
> Biology Department
> Hastings College
> Hastings, NE
> jbohmfalk at
> (402) 461-7470
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