- To investigate to what extent canopy characteristics (leaf development, angle and area) differ between sugar beet varieties.
- To assess whether these differing canopy traits affect radiation interception, radiation use efficiency and yield.
Outcomes / Key Message For Growers And Industry
The key differences in canopy architecture have been evidenced in the research undertaken in controlled environment rooms and the glasshouse. This is currently being scaled up in a field trial with the varieties used in the glasshouse. Canopy growth, radiation interception and biomass accumulated across the season will be measured and used to calculate the radiation use efficiency (RUE) of each variety. Latter phases of the project will consider whether management practices should be adapted according to differences in canopy architecture.