International Sugar Journal

Incidence and economic effects of ratoon stunting disease on the Queensland sugarcane industry* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Ratoon stunting disease (RSD) has had a significant influence on productivity and profitability in the Australian sugarcane industry for at least the last 76 years.  There have been few attempts to objectively quantify the incidence and economic influence of the disease across the industry.  Most Cane Productivity Service (CPS) groups routinely monitor RSD in plant sources and, in some cases, in commercial crops.  Surveys by 12 Queensland CPSs were conducted in 2017-2020 with sampling of different proportions of commercial crops (5-25% of farms) in each region.  The latest molecular technology was adopted to assay samples.  RSD incidence varied between…

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