Printer Friendly

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.
COPYRIGHT 1989 Science Service, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1989, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:cellular respiration
Publication:Science News
Date:Jun 3, 1989
Previous Article:Talking to your typewriter.
Next Article:Astronomers glimpse birth of a pulsar.

Related Articles
What do Cory Aquino, cocaine addicts, and Americans consumers have in common? They are all victims of the U.S. sugar program.
You can take a fish out of water.
Biosphere 2: the doors open.
Breathing a bit askew in SIDS babies.
Want in on the MAP action?
BORN to Run.
Huff & Puff and blow you away.
Breathtaking science: biologists home in on the brain area that drives respiration.
The Bulletin notes.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters