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Expressed Sequence Tag-derived Simple Sequence Repeats and Single Nucleotide
Polymorphism will be obtained from the SUCEST date bank and amplicon sequences from
S. Spontaneum, S. Officinarum and Miscanthus (for genes related to cold tolerance and
We now have new germplasm with more diverse heritage derived from S. Spontaneum x
sugarcane cultivar F1s crossed to Miscanthus for evaluation and selection. Miscanthus is
recognized for its cold tolerance, making it more favorable for northern locations.
Variability in fiber composition will be assessed using SpectraCane Near Infrared (NIR)
Spectroscopy to rapidly screen entries in breeding programs.
Besides the obvious data gathered by breeders on agronomic and fiber quality traits, plant
materials will also be processed into several chemical streams, and these data will be made
available to the breeders.
Seedlings raised at the USDA, Houma, will be transplanted at Houma. Trials will be
established on marginal lands and carried out using minimal inputs, e.g., fertilizers,
Advanced energycane clones currently under development and subsequently advanced
clones selected in this project will be evaluated in replicated field trails at multiple northern
locations between Bunkie and St. Joseph, La.
Energycane experiments will be visually monitored by LSU AgCenter and USDA plant
pathologists, entomologists and weed scientists to determine the incidence and severity
of pests, diseases or weeds.
Collins Kimbeng, Sugar Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Section Leader
Anna Hale, USDA-ARS Sugarcane Research Laboratory
Jeffrey Hoy, Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, LSU AgCenter
Niranjan Baiskh, School of Plant, Environment, and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter
Patrick Bollich, LSU AgCenter, Central Stations
Paul White, USDA-ARS Sugarcane Research Laboratory