International Sugar Journal

Mendel’s legacy lives through management of sugarcane pests* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Entomology and classical Mendelian genetics have had a long association and Mendel’s legacy continues to live through sugarcane pests. In this paper, we discuss examples of that legacy as applied to conventional and molecular approaches to breeding for insect resistance. We also discuss the application of genetics in pest management, systematics, and ecology. Conventional breeding for insect resistance is likely to continue to lag behind other traits as the realities of the high costs associated with a conventional breeding program and complexity of the sugarcane genome will continue to hold sway. Molecular breeding techniques offer many opportunities to overcome…

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