Complete: Genetic influences of sugar beet cell wall composition on biorefining

Timescale: 2013 - 2016
Project Lead: Rachel O'Neill
Project Sponsor: Leeds University and BBRO

Project Summary

Aim: to understand the genetic basis of variation in sugar beet cell wall composition.

Main Objectives

Cell wall analysis study in relation to storage root development, sugar yield and the biorefining of sugar beet.  

Outcomes / Key Message For Growers And Industry

Insights into chemical composition, can be used in conjunction with gene expression to identify key markers for phloem abundance which is thought to have a direct effect on sucrose concentration.  This will provide tools for developing higher yielding sugar beet by crop management and/or modern breeding approaches.

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