Variety Improvement Programme

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Research Projects: Variety Improvement Programme

Breeding and Selection

Synteny analysis and genome mapping in sugarcane by identifying genes present on trait-associated haplotypes through exploitation of the sorghum genome sequence.

Genetic variation and phylogeny of Saccharum sponteneum: A resource for developing cold and drought tolerant sugarcane cultivars for biofuel and energy production.

Evaluation of in vitro mitigation treatments to reduce NovaCane® phenotype anomalies in the field.

Genetic variation and phylogeny of Saccharum spontaneum: 
A resource for developing cold and drought tolerant sugarcane cultivars for biofuel and energy production

Variety Characterisation

Investigating variety ratooning dynamics.

Agronomic performance of NovaCane® vs conventional seed under rainfed conditions.

Novel and Improved Traits

Drought tolerance induced in sugarcane by genetic modification.

Improved nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) via GM technology.

Tissue specific transgene expression: do we have functional promoters?

Agronomic evaluation of several imazapyr tolerant lines and characterisation of resistance mechanism.

Mutation breeding for eldana resistance.

Medium and long-term conservation of strategically-important transgenic germplasm.

Protocol optimisation for genetic modification of sugarcane.

Development of methodology for use in mutation breeding for drought and eldana resistance.

Genomics and Bioinformatics

Transcriptomics of Eldana-inoculated sugarcane plants.

Setting-up of a generic bioinformatics pipeline to analyze genomics and transcriptomic data.

Principal Projects

Plant Breeding.

Variety Evaluation.

Field analysis and maintenance of transgenic sugarcane lines with altered sucrose content and biopolymer composition.

NovaCane® bulking of new genotypes.

Introgression breeding.