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 (vegetative sets) and sugarcane management information with the ultimate goal of releasing new, higher-yielding, pest-resistant sugarcane varieties and identifying agronomic and pest management practices to insure sustainable sugarcane production.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Through the duration of this agreement, ARS and the Cooperator will exchange 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 and identify cooperative agronomic and pest management research that has applicability to the two countries.
The ultimate goal of this exchange is to release new, higher-yielding, pest-resistant sugarcane varieties. No shipment of sugarcane clones were made during the reporting period. ARS researchers will pursue the exchange of germplasm of interest, when available.