International Sugar Journal

UK – British Sugar delays 2022/23 campaign to support drought-ravaged beet yield to recover from late rains [Full subscriber]

British Sugar is delaying the 2022/23 campaign at its two factories in East Anglia in the hope late rains will help recover beet yield impacted by prolonged drought.

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Rice crop yield increased by 30% from overexpressing gene that simultaneously increases uptakes of both nutrients and CO2 [Full subscriber]

Researchers from Japan and China have developed a method which, by increasing the number of a plasma membrane proton pump gene in rice, simultaneously increases nutrient uptake through the roots and stomatal opening, thus increasing the yield of paddy field-grown rice by over 30%.

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EU – Sugar beet yields in 2018 down by 9% [Full subscriber]

Sugar beet yields across the EU on average are estimated to have dropped by 9% in 2018 to 73.8 t/ha from 81.1 t in 2017. This is also 1% less than the last five years average of 74.6 t, according to the latest report from the European Commission’s MARS report.

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France – Latest forecast puts beet productivity at record 91.8 t/ha [Full subscriber]

Beet growers in France are expecting record yields according to the industry body CGB (confederation of beet growers).

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European Union – Overall 2017 sugar beet yield to increase marginally [Registered]

The European Union’s crop monitoring unit MARS latest estimate puts the average sugar beet yield for the 2017 crop at 74.7 tonnes/ha.

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Algae’s photosynthesis process advances breeding of high yielding crops [Registered]

Algae cells are known to have a specialised mechanism that boosts their internal concentration of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis. This process supports other mechanisms that convert this store of carbon into the sugars the cells need to grow.

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