1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this cooperative research project is to obtain improved efficiency in the development and testing of new sugarcane varieties through exchange and evaluation of germplasm (seed and vegetative sets) with the ultimate goal of releasing new, higher-yielding pest-resistant sugarcane varieties.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Through the duration of this agreement, ARS and the Cooperator will exchange seed and vegetative material of sugarcane germplasm consisting of experimental breeding lines and elite varieties for testing and evaluation for specific traits of interest or as commercial cultivars.
The ultimate goal of this exchange is to release new, higher-yielding, pest-resistant sugarcane varieties. No shipment of sugarcane clones were made in 2011, due to insufficient resources (lack of personnel). At this point, no report on the performance of the canes sent in 2010 has been received from Argentina.