International Sugar Journal

Field evaluation of selected introgression clones for their resistance to root-knot nematode* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Sugarcane nematodes, root-knot (RKN) and root-lesion (RLN), cause an estimated loss of over $80 million per year to the Australian sugar industry.  In particular, RKN is a major problem if sugarcane is planted in sandy soil.  No effective control method is available for sugarcane nematodes in Australia.  Crop rotation and fallowing provide only short-term control and nematode populations usually bounce back within 12 months after these control methods.  The use of nematicides is restricted due to inconsistent results, difficulty in application and the highly toxic nature of the chemicals to humans and the environment.  No commercial cultivars are resistant…

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