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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Release of Sr95 Smooth Root Sugarbeet Germplasm

Authors
item Saunders, Joseph
item Theurer, J. - RETIRED ARS SCIENTIST
item MCGRATH, J MITCHELL
item Halloin, John

Submitted to: Germplasm Release
Publication Type: Germplasm Release
Publication Acceptance Date: October 29, 2000
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: This is a germplasm release. No Interpretive Summary is needed.

Technical Abstract: SR95 is a highly smoothroot sugarbeet selected for soil-free harvest. It has root smoothness equivalent to SR87 released in 1990, but 6-7% higher sugar content. SR95 has smoother roots than SR94 which was released earlier from related parentage. SR95 resulted from two successive open- pollination increases of half-sib seed produced on a single mother beet selected for extreme root smoothness from the population that later was released as SR94. That single mother beet had been open-pollinated by seven other beets mass-selected for elite root smoothness and conical shape. Each of the seven beets stemmed from different complex but related parentages that as a group combined high sucrose germplasms L19, C40 and C51, curly-top-resistant L35cms and L53, and smoothroot germplasms SP85700- 0, SP85131-0 and SP8530-0 from the former USDA-ARS breeding program of G.E. Coe at Beltsville. L19, C40, C51 and SP85700 also comprise most of the parentage of SR94. C40 (8400040) and C51 (8400051) are high sucrose percentage lines kindly provided by Crystal-Maribo Seeds. L19, L35cms and L53 were developed for the intermountain region by the former USDA-ARS breeding program at Logan UT. SR95 is diploid, multigerm, and segregates for red (92%) and green (8%) hypocotyl color. SR95 is relatively easy bolting, and male-fertile plants are largely self-sterile with significant pseudo-self-fertility of individual plants. Male-sterility exceeds thirty percent, and is thought to be nuclear-cytoplasmic and derived from L19.

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