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Sugarcane breeding: Early history [Registered]

The industry does not “make” sugar: it extracts it from sugarcane; the wellbeing and quality of this plant are therefore critical for commercial ventures to survive. If the climate and soils of a region are adequate for the cultivation of sugarcane and if the agricultural costs and other financial considerations are acceptable, then pests and diseases are the most dangerous threats. They can (and have) caused very severe problems. Sugarcane breeding programs, which are carried out in most cane growing countries, aim to produce new hybrid (from the Latin hybrida: mongrel. Anon., 1) varieties that will be immune or resistant…

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