Kenneth A. Gravois

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This research assesses the potential for using different economic injury thresholds in management of a key insect pest on susceptible and resistant commercially produced cultivars of sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids). In a 2-yr sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), study involving four commercially produced sugarcane(More)
Sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is currently recognized throughout the world as a highly promising biomass energy crop. Production systems and management practices for sweet sorghum have not been fully developed for the USA, although sporadic research efforts during recent decades have provided some insights into production of sweet sorghum(More)
Selection against pith and tube is one of the major criteria used to eliminate inferior sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) cultivars in early stages of new cultivar evaluation. Understanding the genetic relationships for these traits would facilitate crossing and selection decisions. This study was conducted to determine heritability, genetic coefficient of(More)
Energy cane varieties are high-fiber sugarcane clones which represent a promising feedstock in the production of alternative biofuels and biobased products. This study explored the crop establishment and whole farm production costs of growing energy cane as a biofuel feedstock in the southeastern USA. More specifically, total production costs on a feedstock(More)
In sugarcane breeding, visual appraisal is used to select for cane yield among seedlings (Stage I) and non-replicated clonal plots (Stage II). Genotype by environment interaction and interplot competition reduces selection efficiency. Although path coefficient analysis studies identified important yield components for indirect selection, currently there is(More)
Concentration of biofuel feedstock crop production in specific regions of the USA is dependent on the relative comparative advantage of production in a specific region based on several agronomic and economic factors. For the southeastern region of the USA, energy cane and sweet sorghum have been identified as two feedstock crops with the greatest potential(More)
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