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The Sugar Cane.

INTERESTING SCIENTIFIC DIS-

CO VERY.

Much interest is evinced in. scientific circles by a discovery which has just been made at Kow, near London, by Mr D. Morris, the assistant director. Hitherto the sugar cane has been produced from cuttings or slips exclusively, as no one knew that there were such things as seeds in the plant. After a long search Mr' Morris lias 'at last discovered that each cane produces a number of seeds, from which it is possible to grow: a variety df improved canes, and it is anticipated that, by cross fertilisation and selection of the best seeds, a considerable increase will be made in the yield of sugar in' the tropical plantations. He instances the case of beet, which, when first introduced \ for sugar growing purposes, yielded only about 6 p^er .cent, but. now; by the method of: selection of proper seeds, produces about 18 or 20 per. cent of saccharine juice. The seeds 6f tlie' cane have 'been discovered in the anicle or flowery head of the cane, and the difficulty of finding them has been increased by the similiarity of the glumes and the havis. It was only by the aid of a powerful microscope that the tiny seeds werri detected, and a number of plants were exhibited at the last meeting of the Linneean Society, with the seeds attached. At Kew Gardens there are some plants about nine inches high, which have been grown from seed obtained from cane from the Barbadqes. The' discovery,; \ it, is believed, will tend to drive beet sugar but of the market.

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The Sugar Cane., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890

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The Sugar Cane. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2438, 30 May 1890

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