Sugar Beet

  • Enrico Biancardi
  • J. Mitchell McGrath
  • Leonard W. Panella
  • Robert T. Lewellen
  • Piergiorgio Stevanato
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 7)


World sugar production is around 160 Mt yearly with a per capita consumption of about 23 kg. Total utilization is increasing approximately 1.4% annually thanks to the improved standard of living in densely populated countries like China and India. About one-quarter of world production is extracted from beets (Beta vulgaris L. ssp. vulgaris), and the remainder from cane (Saccharum officinarum L.).


Sugar Beet Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Sugar Yield Beet Necrotic Yellow Vein Virus 
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The authors wish to thank George N. Skaracis (Agricultural University Athens, Greece) and Marco De Biaggi (Lion Seeds, UK) for suggestions and for the critical review of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico Biancardi
    • 1
  • J. Mitchell McGrath
    • 2
  • Leonard W. Panella
    • 3
  • Robert T. Lewellen
    • 4
  • Piergiorgio Stevanato
    • 5
  1. 1.CRA-Centro per le Colture IndustrialiSede di RovigoItaly
  2. 2.USDA Agricultural Research ServiceEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.USDA Agricultural Research ServiceFort CollinsUSA
  4. 4.USDA Agricultural Research ServiceSalinasUSA
  5. 5.Dipartimento di BiotecnologiePadua UniversityPaduaItaly

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