Type: Chapter

The development of sugarcane cultivation


Louis Jean Claude Autrey

International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT), Mauritius

Salem Saumtally

Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute (MSIRI)

Asha Dookun-Saumtally

Mauritius Sugarcane Industry Research Institute (MSIRI), Mauritius

Publication date:

11 December 2017

ID: 9781838795788

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Sugarcane is considered one of the most efficient plants on the planet given its capacity to transform solar energy into chemical energy with high carbon fixation rates. It has traditionally been exploited for sucrose production, but has now also gained importance for energy and ethanol production from bagasse and molasses, two major co-products from sugar processing. This chapter provides an overview of the history of sugarcane and the variety of species, as well as a description of the features of the plant. The chapter introduces breeding, agronomic practices in sugarcane and milling. Finally, the chapter examines types of sugarcane cultivated today and looks ahead to future research and development in this area, and provides suggestions for further reading on this subject.

Table of contents

1 History of sugarcane
2 Sugarcane species
3 Description of the sugarcane plant
4 Sugarcane breeding
5 Agronomic practices in sugarcane
6 Sugarcane milling
7 Sugarcane cultivated today
8 Future trends and conclusion
9 Where to look for further information
10 Acknowledgement
11 References