CHINESE JOURNAL OF OIL CROP SCIENCES ›› 2022, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (4): 712-717.doi: 10.19802/j.issn.1007-9084.2021304

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Tigernut industry in China: current status of development, potential and adaptive suggestions

Xiang-dong YANG1(), Zi-yong LI2   

  1. 1.Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology, Jilin Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Changchun 130033, China
    2.Tigernut Planting and Processing Machinery Committee, China Food and Packaging Machinery Industry Association, Beijing 100086, China
  • Received:2021-12-06 Online:2022-08-25 Published:2022-08-30


Tigernut (Cyperus esculentus L.) received increasing attention in recent years because of its comprehensive utilization potentials. As a new source of food, vegetative oil, feed for the consumption of humans and livestock, it accumulates great nutrients including oil, starch, sugars, protein, dietary fibers etc. in its underground tubers. The aboveground grass could also be utilized as high-quality forage for livestock. As a multi-purpose crop originated in the desert area, tigernut has the characteristics of wide adaptability, higher biomass yield and value added chain, and shows great potential for the verstile applications in agricultural and industrial sectors. Abundant marginal land with sandy texture provides a basis for the development of tigernut industry in China. Currently, foundation of tigernut industry has been established in China, and the essentials of the industrial chain are also in place. The present paper reviewed the characteristics and utilization of tigernut as a cultivated crop in China, and analyzed its current status of research and industrial development. Potential, problems and adaptive suggestions related to the industry were also discussed.

Key words: tigernut, industrial development, development potential, adaptive suggestions

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