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Agronomic trials of sweet sorghum were made to discover the best cultivation techniques. Detailed studies were made of the varietal composition. Comparisons were made between different harvesting and sowing seasons, different sowing distances, different F1 hybrids from the breeding programme and between monostelic and tillered plants. The accumulation curve of simple carbohydrates in the stalk was also determined. The objectives of the breeding programme were:- a) achievement of sugar lines, at low size, sterile-male, to employ in the production of hybrids; b) development of pure sugar lines at measured height (max. 2.5 m.) to use for pollination purposes; c) development of pure monostelic lines; d) development of cold tolerance in the germination phase of the seed; e) development of partial restorer lines for hybrids' production with low productivity in seed. With the collaboration of Bologna University and of a distillery, certain aspects of the processing of the resultant bagasse were studied: the mechanical harvesting, the extraction and storage of sugar juices and the use of the bagasse.

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Authors: BELLETTI A, Distillerie ORBAT S.p.A., Centrale Ortofrutticola alla Produzione, Forli (IT);BIOTEC A, Distillerie ORBAT S.p.A., Centrale Ortofrutticola alla Produzione, Forli (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12692 EN (1990) 88 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 11.25
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Record Number: 199010986 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
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