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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Cooperative Sugar Beet Research

Location: Crop Improvement and Protection Research

Project Number: 2038-21000-014-01
Project Type: Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Oct 01, 2011
End Date: Sep 30, 2016

Objective:
Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and Beet Sugar Developement Foundation (BSDF) will work together to produce the highest quality basic and applied research to meet the changing demands of the sugar beet world market, and its customers and stakeholders by: 1. Promoting sugar beet research concerning the isolation of specific genes and the development of germplasm, which may be used effectively in breeding to develop hybrids and varieties that are resistant to various pathogens, regionally adapted, suitable for various cultural practices, superior in biochemical attributes, and storable with minimum deterioration. 2. Establishing technology whereby new genetic characters, inbred lines, or sugar beet germplasm established via ARS research may be brought into widespread use by breeders and growers promptly, efficiently and at less cost. 3. Promoting research to develop better disease management, through an increased understanding of sugar beet disease etiology and epidemiology and an elucidation of the biochemistry, physiology and genetics of the sugar beet-pathogen-biocontrol agent interaction. 4. Increasing the understanding of the biochemical genetic and physiological basis of the development of the sugar beet plant, the storage of the harvested root and the extraction of sucrose from the beet to be better able to maximize the efficiency in the processing of sugar beet to sucrose and other products. 5. Evaluating, characterizing, and utilizing available genetic resources (esp., in the USDA-ARS Nanometer Pattern Generation System Beta vulgaris proprietary inbred germplasm collection) to determine the genetic diversity within sugar beet and pathogen populations, to better understand and manage important pathogens of sugar beet, and to produce enhanced germplasm more rapidly and more efficiently to meet the changing needs of seed companies and the growers they serve.

Approach:
The purpose of this Agreement is to establish a general framework for cooperation and coordination between the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (ARS), and The Beet Sugar Development Foundation (BSDF). Both parties, the BSDF and the ARS, desire to continue their close working relationship on sugar beet breeding; genetics; disease management, etiology, and epidemiology; seedling, mature plant, and post harvest physiology, genetic resources; variety characterization; agronomic practices, and extraction of sugar and other products from sugar beet. The parties agree that meeting the objectives of this project will strengthen and enhance ongoing research within the scope of this agreement. It is the understanding of the parties to this agreement that the research, investigational work, and the writing of publications shall be for their benefit and the general benefit of the people of the United States. Documents Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement with Beet Sugar Development Foundation.

Last Modified: 11/21/2014
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