Economically Important Sunflowers

Jose L. Panero

Several species of sunflowers are of economic importance. Below is a list of species that have a widespread use in society. Many more species of Asteraceae of narrow distribution, especially in tropical regions, are used locally for various medicinal and food purposes. The economic importance of many species of sunflowers is yet to be fully explored. For more information concerning the domestication of sunflowers the reader is advised to consult Dempewolf et al. (2008).







Dempewolf, H, L. H. Rieseberg, and Q. C. Cronk. 2008. Crop domestication in the Compositae: a family-wide trait assessment. Genet. Resour. Crop Evol. (in press).

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Jose L. Panero
University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

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