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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2001  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 37 - 40

Evaluation of Exotic Sugarcane Germplasm for Agronomic Characters and Productivity

Maqbool Akhtar, Nosheen Noor Elahi and M. Ashraf    

Abstract: Six exotic sugarcane varieties were evaluated for their agronomic characters and productivity. All exotic sugarcane varieties had similar germination percentage except standard variety CP77-400 which had higher germination. Significant differences were found in number of tillers ha -1, stalk height, girth and total soluble solids. Minimum (102.3 thousands ha -1) number of millable canes were found in variety CP84-1198 and the maximum (160 thousands ha -1) in CP85-1491. Cane yield ranged from the minimum of 70.67 t ha -1 in variety CP84-1198 to the maximum of 131.3 t ha -1 in variety TCP86-3368. Sugar recovery was maximum (13.78 %) in variety CP85-1491 and minimum (11.82%) in the variety TCP86-3368. Sugarcane variety CP84-1198 produced the minimum (9.26 t ha -1) sugar yield. Purity of juice was also significantly different in most of the varieties. All the varieties except CP 84-1198 had better cane and sugar yield potentials than the standard variety.

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