International Sugar Journal

Review and analysis of post-release variety evaluation of sugarcane: A South African perspective [Full subscriber]

Post-release variety evaluation (PRVE) of sugarcane in South Africa entails the continuous trial-based assessment of variety performance under varied environmental and management conditions. The system of evaluation is embodied within the variety evaluation project (VEP), which, after more than 40 years of existence, requires a review. The objective of this study was to identify areas within PRVE systems (using the VEP as a reference) where opportunities exist for enhanced scientific rigour, research innovation, and industry relevance. The study entailed an analysis of the current status, methodologies, and outputs of the VEP in relation to other similar programmes worldwide. Idealised benefits…

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