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Sugar beet

A competitive innovation

by Christian Huyghe (editorial coordination), Bruno Desprez (editorial coordination), Vincent Laudinat (editorial coordination), Didier Guillaume (preface)
Collection: Hors Collection
september 2020
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Sugar beet has entered the age of liberalism with the abolition of production quotas in Europe. It finds itself on the world market and on an equal footing with sugar cane.

France has benefited from the “AKER - Sugar beet 2020, a competitive innovation” Investments for the Future Programme, which aims to double the annual growth rate of the sugar yield per hectare of beet. It has made a scientific breakthrough by researching all of the genetic diversity available worldwide, and by carrying out genotyping before phenotyping. It is developing new genetic material, available for introduction into future sugar beet varieties. It also offers innovative

tools and methods in the fields of genotyping and phenotyping, supporting players in the sector - beet growers and sugar manufacturers - in their imperative improvement in competitiveness.

This book is mainly intended for scientists and professionals, and all those interested in research, development and training in the plant sector. It has just completed eight years of multidisciplinary work bringing together a hundred scientists.

The AKER programme puts for a long time sugar beet in the top tier of cultivated species and helps to provide the consumer with quality sugar produced locally and under environmentally friendly conditions.


The French version of this book, La betterave sucrière, is available on our website.

La version française de ce titre, La betterave sucrière, est disponible sur notre site.

Table of contents



A short history of sugar beet breeding

The objectives of the AKER programme

Sugar beet today

What has changed since the launch of AKER

The international sugar economy

Jetta Keranen: Have AKER’s obligations to the ANR been fulfilled?

Genotyping tools and methods

Sequencing and molecular markers

Processing of genomic information

Implementation of the information system

Mitchell Mc Grath: What is the international impact of the AKER programme?

Phenotyping tools and methods

Phenotyping programme

Phenotyping of seeds and seedlings

Phenotyping in vegetation, in the field

Vincent Laudinat: Will the AKER programme meet the expectations of the beet industry?

New genetic material

Double the rate of annual yield growth

General outline of the AKER programme

Evaluation criteria for the 3,000 hybrids

Results achieved

Bruno Desprez: Are the achievements of the AKER programme up to the ambitions of departure?

An open programme

Complementary programmes

Answers to new questions

A dynamic contribution to modern agriculture

A partnership, collaborative, multidisciplinary programme

A transversal programme

A research-education-business continuum

The power of communication

An international dimension

Christian Huyghe: And now, what is the 360° perspectives for the AKER programme?


Main scientific publications

AKER partners

AKER collaborators

Photos copyrights


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très instructif! le récit d'une belle aventure scientifique!

by véronique GRAFF on 24/01/2021 17:25


Language(s): English

Publisher: Éditions Quae

Collection: Hors Collection

Published: 18 september 2020

Reference Book: 02747

Reference eBook [PDF]: 02747NUM

Reference eBook [ePub]: 02747EPB

EAN13 Book: 9782759231843

EAN13 eBook [PDF]: 9782759231850

EAN13 eBook [ePub]: 9782759231867

Interior: Colour

Format (in mm) Book: 165 x 220

Pages count Book: 152

Pages count eBook [PDF]: 152

Weight (in grammes): 345

Size: 13.4 MB (PDF), 21.1 MB (ePub)


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