International Sugar Journal

Ratoon stunting disease resistance of Australian sugarcane varieties* [Full subscriber]

New sugarcane varieties are screened for resistance to ratoon stunting disease (RSD) by SRA to provide additional information to growers and industry advisors. This paper reports on the RSD resistance of twenty- seven varieties, including eight standard varieties, in a plant and first ratoon crop. Results of the plant crop have been published previously. The varieties were inoculated by spraying the secateurs and cut end of one- eye setts with juice from infected stalks as the setts were cut. The plant crop was harvested with a commercial harvester, which spread the disease further within the trial. In the plant crop,…

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