Fodder Beet

  • Karine Henry
Part of the Handbook of Plant Breeding book series (HBPB, volume 7)


The fodder beet belongs to the family Amaranthaceae (formerly Chenopodiaceae), which includes no less than 105 genera divided into 1,400 species, and whose members are herbaceous dicotyledonous plants (Watson and Dallwitz, 1992). In the literature, it has often been called mangel, mangold, or wurzel instead of fodder beet. Other economically important cultivated groups are the sugar beets, table beets, and leaf beets (e.g., Swiss chards); these too all belong to the species Beta vulgaris. The table beets and Swiss chards are mainly used as vegetables, the sugar beets as a source of sucrose, and fodder beets as cattle feed.


Sugar Beet Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Male Sterile Line Foliar Disease Root Yield 
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Section 8 “Integration of New Biotechnologies in Breeding Programs” was mainly written regarding a personal communication from Michel Desprez and Bruno Desprez (2009) with their authorization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fodder and sugar beet breeder, Société FLORIMOND-DESPREZ Veuve & FilsCappelle-en-PévèleFrance

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