International Sugar Journal

Prospects for a genetic solution to the management of ratoon stunting disease* [Full subscriber]

Abstract         Ratoon stunting disease (RSD,) caused by a bacterium (Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli), is one of the most important diseases of sugarcane in Australia.  RSD is an inconspicuous and highly infectious disease and can spread unnoticed causing significant yield loss across entire regions and industries.  Developing varieties with resistance to RSD has been proposed at different times as a possible solution.  This paper provides a review of the resistance status of the sugarcane germplasm, the effective range in reactions to the disease, and the efficacy of current practices used for RSD management.  Examination of the Australian germplasm and historical resistance…

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