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Sugar Tech

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 383–387 | Cite as

Impact of Seed Coating Agents on Single-Bud Seedcane Germination and Plant Growth in Commercial Sugarcane Cultivation

  • Yong-Jian Liang
  • Xiao-Qiu Zhang
  • Liu Yang
  • Xi-Hui Liu
  • Li-Tao YangEmail author
  • Yang-Rui LiEmail author
Research Article
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Abstract

China is the third largest sugar-producing country in the world. The cost of sugarcane planting has increased rapidly in recent years, and the existing planting model needs to be changed to reduce the cost. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of commercial seed coating agents on the germination and yield of sugarcane. Six commercial seed coating agents (Premis, Gaucho, Colest, Dividend, Manshijin and Maishuping) used for other crops were used to coat the 4-cm-long single seedcane setts and stored for 7 days, respectively, at 22 °C before planting. It was found that all the seed coating agents were effective to reduce the water evaporation of seedcane setts and ensured better germination rate, and Premis, Gaucho, Colest and Maishuping were found better than Dividend and Manshijin. The economic traits of sugarcane, plant height, stalk diameter, single stalk weight and Brix were significantly higher in the Premis seedcane coating treatment than the control at maturity stage in a green house experiment. These results would be helpful to promote the development of the mechanical planting of single-bud seedcane setts for increasing sugarcane production.

Keywords

Sugarcane Seed coating Cane sett Mechanical cultivation 

Notes

Funding

This research was financially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (31360293), International Cooperation Project of China (2013DFA31600), Guangxi Funds for Bagui Scholars and Distinguished Experts (2013-03), Guangxi special fund for scientific base and talent (GKAD17195100) and Fund for Guangxi Innovation Teams of Modern Agriculture Technology (gjnytxgxcxtd-03).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-Bioresource, College of AgricultureGuangxi UniversityNanningChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Sugarcane Biotechnology and Genetic Improvement (Guangxi), Ministry of Agriculture, Guangxi Key Laboratory of Sugarcane Genetic Improvement, Sugarcane Research CenterChinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences-Guangxi Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanningChina
  3. 3.Biotechnology Research InstituteGuangxi Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanningChina
  4. 4.XAIRCRAFT Technologies Co., LtdGuangzhouChina

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