International Sugar Journal

Breeding for sugarcane smut resistance in australia and industry response: 2006–2011* [Full subscriber]

BSES limited commenced screening Australian varieties for resistance to sugarcane smut in Indonesia in 1998, a few months after the disease was found in the Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) of Western Australia. Data from these screening programs provided important information on susceptibility of Australian commercial varieties to smut. After detection of smut in Queensland in 2006, BSES launched a large smut-screening program to accelerate the development of resistant varieties. Since then, approximately 10,000 clones from various stages of selection programs have been screened for smut-resistance. The proportion of resistant clones in the BSES breeding program increased from 40% to…

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