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Beet growers can breathe easy.

Beet growers can breathe easy

Sugar beets continue to breathe after they're picked, using their stored sugars to fuel this cellular respiration. In fact, an estimated 250,000 tons of U.S. beet sugar is lost annually from crops awainting processing. But a new strain of "lightly breathing" sugar beet, developed at the Argiculture Department's Northern Crop Science Lab in Fargo, N.D., is now available for crossing with existing commercial varieties. Not only does it hold the potential to cut breathing losses by 25 to 30 percent, but it's also resistant to the three most prevalent fungi responsible for storage rot.
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Title Annotation:cellular respiration
Publication:Science News
Date:Jun 3, 1989
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