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Meet on sugarcane research to mark centenary of first hybrid variety

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As part of the centenary of the release of the sugarcane hybrid, Co 205, an international symposium (SucroSym 2017) is being organised here from September 18. The symposium is titled `Sugarcane Research since Co-205.-100 years and beyond’.

ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute (ICAR-SBI), established here in 1912, had released Co 205, the first inter-specific commercial hybrid cane variety in 1918, which revolutionised sugarcane cultivation across the Indian sub-continent.

Since then, the institute has been playing a pivotal role of catering to the needs of farmers by developing high-yield cane varieties.

At present, the ‘Co’ and its allied varieties are cultivated in more than 98 per cent area and the two wonder varieties of sugarcane developed at this Institute – Co 86032 (Tropical India) and Co 0238 (Sub-tropical India) – account for 40 per cent of the cultivation, the institute said in a statement.

The symposium will serve as a common platform to cane researchers, technology developers, extension practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders across the globe to deliberate on the past performance and formulate a path towards excellence in sugarcane research and development.

This should help meet the present and future challenges such as biotic and abiotic stresses, shrinking natural resources and climate change. The symposium is being organised with nine technical sessions to deliberate on emerging issues in sugarcane research and development.

More than 500 delegates from Africa, Australia and Asia are participating in this four-day event and eminent scientist Prof MS Swaminathan will be inaugurate the symposium. It is being organised in association with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, South Indian Sugar Mills Association-Tamil Nadu and Society for Sugarcane Research and Development.

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