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