|Sugar Research Station|
|5755 LSU Ag Road
St. Gabriel, LA 70776
Ph.D. Plant Breeding (1988) Louisiana State University
M.S. Plant Breeding (1983) Louisiana State University
B.S. Crop Science (1981) Louisiana State University
1/2010 - Present: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Sugar Research Station, Professor and Sugarcane Specialist.
12/1997 - 12/2009: Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Sugar Research Station, Professor and Resident Coordinator, Sugarcane Breeding.
7/1995 - 11/1997: University of Arkansas, Rice Research and Extension Center, Associate Professor, Rice Breeding.
1/1989 - 6/1995: University of Arkansas, Rice Research and Extension Center, Assistant Professor, Rice Breeding.
Dr. Gravois provides leadership for the LSU Agricultural Center's sugarcane educational programs.
Sugarcane grows well in Louisiana's temperate climate. Breeding efforts have developed sugarcane varieties with improved cold tolerance.
Sugarcane row width has been studied for its potential to improve field efficiency and increase yields of raw sugar in Louisiana.
Sugarcane varieties are the lifeblood of the Louisiana sugar industry. Choosing which variety to plant is an important decision that growers make each year.
The Mexican Rice Borer continues to move eastward into the Louisiana sugar industry. Research continues as to identify effective control measures.
The West Indian canefly is a damaging pest of sugarcane. It was first reported in Louisiana in 1944, with major outbreaks in 1969, 1997, 2012, and 2016.