Plant Breeding

Plant Breeding

All over the world, sugarcane breeding programs are developing new, high-yielding cultivars that are resistant to major diseases to improve the profitability and sustainability of the sugar industries they serve.

The department’s research focus is on:

  • Identifying and releasing the best varieties for the industry
  • Maximise genetic traits in sugarcane varieties
  • Researching new methods of plant breeding

Dr. Leo Thokoza Mpofu (HOD)

Senior Plant Breeder