Forestry Department Raising Cane! | Agricultural Sciences

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Forestry Department Raising Cane!!!

June 25, 2008

The Department of Forestry is literally, "raising cane" at the SIUC Tree Improvement Center. Cane has gradually been disappearing for years. According to Dr. Jim Zaczek, "Only about 2 percent of the canebrake habitat is left" in the United States. Cane does a number of important things for a habitat such as riparian filtering, fodder for cattle, and is home to all kinds of insects and animals. In more recent days, the focus on cane is in its potential use as a biofuel component. Due to its increased potential in that area, SIUC has started the nation's first cane production "nursery." Learn more about this developing story at: