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Reducing sucrose loss in sugarbeet storage

Strausbaugh, C.A. (2009) Reducing sucrose loss in sugarbeet storage. Sugar Producer Magazine. June/July:18-19.

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Controlling sucrose loss in sugarbeet
storage has been an industry
goal since the 1950s. Sugarbeet
roots utilize sucrose for energy to
maintain themselves.
Dessication from wind and sun or
too much rain and microbial activity
can negatively influence stored roots,
increasing respiration and the buildup
of impurities.
Factors such as scalping, impacts
and wounding during harvest and
transport, mud and weeds in piles, and
unusually high and low temperature
can also lead to sucrose loss.
Disease and drought stress during
production can also predispose roots
to sucrose loss in storage.
In particular, rhizomania caused
by Beet necrotic yellow vein virus
has been shown to compromise the
storability of roots allowing for significant
sucrose losses in storage by early
Sucrose losses over 90 percent have
been documented in long-term storage
(142 days) with cultivars that lack
storability. Thus, developing a cultivar
selection program for storage could be
of considerable benefit to the sugarbeet

Item Type: Article
NWISRL Publication Number: 1306
Subjects: Irrigated crops > Sugarbeet > Storage
Irrigated crops > Sugarbeet
Depositing User: Users 6 not found.
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2009 21:18
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 16:27
Item ID: 1329