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  1. Vol. 59 No. 5, p. 477-478
     
    Received: Apr 17, 1967


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doi:10.2134/agronj1967.00021962005900050030x

Storage of Sugarcane Cuttings1

  1. Dempsey M. Broadhead2

Abstract

Abstract

Experiments were conducted to develop a technique for storing sugarcane (Saccharum officinarium L.) cuttings. Three-bud cuttings of C.P. 36–111 were stored in a household refrigerator at 3 and 5 C ± 1. The cuttings were enclosed in polyethylene bags (0.05 mm) or left exposed, and they were treated wth various fungicides or left untreated. The fungicides used were Captan (0.36%), mercuric chloride (0.1%), and phenyl mercuric acetate (0.025%). After 1 year of storage, 8% of the buds from cuttings, which had been enclosed in polyethylene bags after treating with phenyl mercuric acetate, grew into shoots. This treatment gave the highest percentage of bud survival. Unbagged cuttings dried out considerably in storage and bud germination was less and at a slower rate than bagged cuttings.

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