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Research Project: ENHANCEMENT OF SUGARCANE GERMPLASM FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CULTIVARS AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION

Location: Sugarcane Production Research

Project Number: 6625-21000-004-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Dec 14, 2009
End Date: Mar 29, 2010

Objective:
1. Develop more efficient breeding and selection methodologies for cultivar development and to produce seed of selected sugarcane germplasm for use in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. 2. Develop better agronomic practices for the Florida sugarcane industry. 3. Identify alleles or genes that can be used in molecular marker-assisted selection to complement the conventional approach of sugarcane cultivar development. 4. Identify agronomic and physiological relationships of sugarcane with stress tolerance to improve sugarcane cultivar development.

Approach:
The primary goal of this project is to improve yields and profits for Florida sugarcane growers by developing more profitable sugarcane cultivars and agronomic practices. Most genetics, genomics, and agronomic research focuses on improving the breeding and selection process used to select cultivars with higher yields on organic and sand soils with tolerance or durable resistance to diseases and abiotic stresses. This process will be enhanced through improved knowledge of genetics, identification of important traits for selection, and selection methodologies. A portion of the research aims to improve yields through modified agronomic practices.

Last Modified: 9/29/2014
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