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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Sugarcane Breeding and Varietal Development (Hawaii)

Location: Sugarcane Research Unit

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
The objective of this cooperative research project is to obtain improved efficiency in the development and testing of new climate-specific sugarcane varieties through exchange and evaluation of seed and vegetative cuttings of sugar cane with the ultimate goal of releasing new, higher-yielding pest-resistant sugarcane varieties that can be used for the production of sugar (sugarcane) and/or bioenergy (energy cane).


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
ARS and the Cooperator will exchange seed and vegetative material of released varieties, experimental breeding lines, and elite sugar/energy cane varieties (Material) for testing and evaluation for specific traits of interest or as commercial sugar or energy cane cultivars.


3.Progress Report:

Flowering dates were obtained on eight varieties sent to Hawaii Agriculture Research Center (HARC) from the Sugarcane Research Unit (SRU), Houma, LA. Seedlings derived from crosses made in 2010-11 were selected on the island of Maui and additional seedlings from the 2011-12 crossing season were planted for selection in 2013. Additionally, seedlings derived from crosses of clones that are difficult to induce flowering and made in 2010-11 by HARC will be selected at the SRU in the fall 2013. The ultimate goal of this exchange is to release new, higher-yielding, pest-resistant sugarcane varieties.


Last Modified: 9/10/2014
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