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The Trait Development program applies conventional breeding, plant molecular biology, transgenic technology and plant functional biology approaches to develop sugarcane with new and commercially important traits.
These traits include pathogen and pest resistance, herbicide tolerance, drought tolerance and more efficient water and nutrient use.
Developing and implementing advanced micropropagation technologies to accelerate variety release and adoption is a major thrust of this program. The evaluation of molecular markers for marker-assisted selection is also a priority focus.
This program is conducted in collaboration with DuPont, CSIRO and the University of Queensland with the support from the Australian sugarcane industry.