Australia and India partners to improve sugarcane varieties

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) revealed a new research partnership with India to further research the development of new sugarcane varieties.

The project received more than AU $600,000 through the Commonwealth Government’s Australia–India Strategic Research fund.

India was chosen as a partner because it is the second-biggest producer of sugar in the world, and have a lot of experience with different varieties.

SRA executive manager of technologies, Peter Allsop, said the project had a number of specific focuses. One of them is to shorten the breeding cycle from 12 years to possibly 10 years.

Improving the water efficiency of cane varieties for Australian growers will also be another major focus area of the collaboration.

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