Intensive Sugarcane Production: Meeting the Challenge Beyond 2000 - Proceedings of the Sugar 2000 Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, 20-23 August 1996

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Increasing competition in the world sugar industry, combined with the need to maintain the resource base and minimise negative impacts on the environment, mean that sugar industries around the world face many complex problems. These challenges are shared by many other intensive cropping industries. However, advances in crop physiology, biotechnology, management systems, systems analysis and modeling and economics and policy initiatives offer great opportunities for these industries to meet these challenges. This ...

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Overview

Increasing competition in the world sugar industry, combined with the need to maintain the resource base and minimise negative impacts on the environment, mean that sugar industries around the world face many complex problems. These challenges are shared by many other intensive cropping industries. However, advances in crop physiology, biotechnology, management systems, systems analysis and modeling and economics and policy initiatives offer great opportunities for these industries to meet these challenges. This book appraises the current situation and set the agenda for sustainable sugarcane production into the future. The book has been developed from papers presented at the Sugar 2000 symposium held in Brisbane, Australia, in August 1996.

All the elements of successful intensive crop production are discussed. These include the biological, climatic, economic and social aspects which must be taken into account and judiciously managed. Topics addressed include new gene technologies and their potential value for sugarcane, along with using knowledge of crop physiology to bring about high levels of yield. Other issues considered include the economics of resource use, such as irrigation, and the impact of sugarcane production on the environment. The book is essential reading for all research scientists working with sugarcane, including plant breeders, physiologists, agronomists and food technologists. It also provides general agronomists with a model system for intensive crop production that will be relevant to other sustainable cropping systems. It is also relevant to economists, regulatory authorities, and commodity traders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851991931
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Cabi Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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both of CSIRO Tropical Agriculture, Queensland
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 A global perspective of the sugar industry 1
Ch. 2 Limits to intensive agricultural systems and opportunities for sustainable agricultural development 17
Ch. 3 Limits to the Australian sugar industry: climatic and biological factors 37
Ch. 4 Economic constraints and opportunities in the Australian sugar industry 55
Ch. 5 Social factors shaping the Australian sugar industry 71
Ch. 6 Yield 'plateaus' in grain crops: the topography of yield increase 87
Ch. 7 The yield plateau in the Australian sugar industry: 1970-1990 103
Ch. 8 Transgenic sugarcane: opportunities and limitations 125
Ch. 9 Potential for overcoming physio-biochemical limits to sucrose accumulation 141
Ch. 10 Nutrient uptake and metabolism: prospects for molecular modification to improve efficiency 157
Ch. 11 Novel approaches for managing pests and diseases in sugarcane 173
Ch. 12 Advances in breeding technology for sugarcane 189
Ch. 13 Nitrogen management in intensive agriculture: sugarcane in Australia 221
Ch. 14 Opportunities for improving nutrient management in the Australian sugar industry 243
Ch. 15 New technologies for sugar milling and by-product modification 267
Ch. 16 Opportunities for improving the use of limited water by the sugarcane crop 287
Ch. 17 Opportunities for amelioration of soil physical and chemical constraints under intensive cropping 305
Ch. 18 Raising profitability and productivity by improving harvesting procedures 327
Ch. 19 Opportunities to improve economic performance on sugarcane farms 343
Ch. 20 Sharing the land - the sugar industry as part of the wider landscape 361
Ch. 21 The development and application of environmental policy: the Everglades and Florida sugar industry 381
Ch. 22 Potential impact of sugarcane production on riparian and freshwater environments 403
Ch. 23 Potential impacts of sugarcane production on the marine environment 423
Ch. 24 The irrigation experience in Australia - lessons for the sugar industry 437
Ch. 25 The economics of resource use and environmental impact in intensive agricultural systems 455
Ch. 26 Doing things differently: the R,D&E revolution? 469
Ch. 27 Doing things differently: the policy revolution 491
Ch. 28 Distilling the spirit: a vision for the sugar industry in 2020 507
Index 515
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