International Sugar Journal

Crop diversity in sugarcane: effect of mixed cultivars on the growth and yield of sugarcane* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Sugarcane is usually grown as a monoculture over a large area of the world. Monoculture of crops such as sugarcane easily destroys the biodiversity of the farmland during cultivation. For sustainable agriculture, we have to consider the concept of biodiversity in agriculture in terms of agro-biodiversity, agro-ecosystem and crop diversity. Recently mixing cultivars has been demonstrated to have potential as a new method to achieve high and stable yield in some crops. Mixing cultivars with different traits of tolerance to stresses or different growth rates creates cultural breaks in the field to prevent diseases and harmful insects from spreading…

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