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Implementing Genomic Selection in Sugarcane Breeding Programs: Challenges and Opportunities  

Kaiwen Liang
Hainan Provincial Key Laboratory for Crop Molecular Breeding, Sanya, 572025, China
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Plant Gene and Trait, 2024, Vol. 15, No. 1   
Received: 03 Jan., 2024    Accepted: 06 Feb., 2024    Published: 22 Feb., 2024
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Sugarcane is an important global crop, and its breeding progress has direct implications for the sugar industry and bioenergy sector. This review outlines the application of genomic selection (GS) technology in sugarcane breeding programs, the challenges faced, and the opportunities it presents. By analyzing existing research and case studies, the review explores how genomic selection technology can improve the genetic improvement process in sugarcane, including enhancing breeding efficiency by reducing breeding cycles and improving agronomic traits of varieties. The paper also discusses in detail the main challenges encountered in the implementation of the technology, such as the complexity of the sugarcane genome, difficulties in data management, and high costs. Finally, it summarizes the importance of genomic selection in optimizing sugarcane breeding and looks forward to future technological developments, hoping to overcome existing obstacles through continuous technological innovation and international cooperation to realize more effective sugarcane breeding strategies.

Sugarcane breeding; Genomic selection; Breeding technology; Agricultural biotechnology; Genetic improvement
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