Amaranthus is a genus containing species that are highly desirable, yet underutilized crops and species that are highly despised pernicious agricultural weeds.
- Cultivated species are primarily grown as nutritious pseudograins, colorful ornamentals, or leafy greens and are recognized for tolerance to heat, drought, and salinity.
- Weedy amaranths possess similar adaptive traits, in addition to evolved resistance to numerous herbicides, and pose severe challenges to global agriculture.
- Plant pigments (i.e., betalains, carotenoids) are central to understanding this impressive diversity of phenotypes and adaptive traits.
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Redman, Sarah and Riggins, Chance Ph.D., "Exploring Amaranth’s Color Palette: Linking Phenotype, Plant Adaptation, and Human Health" (2022). PRECS student projects. 85.
Research was conducted with the cooperation of the Department of Crop Sciences, College of ACES, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.