Introduction to crop improvement, including plant breeding and genetic engineering.
Overview of cereals, including the parts of a cereal, types of domesticated cereals, processing grain from cereals, and characteristics that changed during domestication of cereals.
Introduction to sugar from grasses, including types of sugar, sugar from sugarcane, sweet sorghum and sorghum syrup, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup.
Introduction to biofuels from grasses, including bioethanol, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and biogas and biomethane.
An overview of alcoholic beverages made from grasses, including both fermented and distilled beverages.
Lawns and lawn grasses
An overview of lawns, including common lawn grasses, the benefits and drawbacks of lawns, lawn grass alternatives, and sustainable lawn maintenance.
Introduction to ornamental grasses and their decorative, aromatic, and cultural uses.
Grasses and climate change
An overview of how a changing climate is affecting agricultural grasses and how growers are adapting, the effects of climate change on wild grasslands, and how grasslands can be part of climate change solutions.
A list of topics related to the theme of grasses and people from other parts of this website:
- Types of evidence used to study ancient grasses
- Grasses and the evolution of hominins
- Maize quick facts
- Teosinte and the domestication of maize
- Cultural history of maize
- Sorghum quick facts
- Sugarcane quick facts
- History of sugarcane
- Quick facts about other Andropogoneae (links to short pages on grasses in the Bluestem or Sorghum tribe that are used as food, fodder, ornamentals, and for other purposes).