International Sugar Journal

Status of yellow leaf resistance in sugarcane germplasm and parental clones at Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India [Full subscriber]

Abstract Yellow leaf (YL) caused by Sugarcane yellow leaf virus (SCYLV) was first reported in India during 1999 and in recent years it has attained epidemic proportions, seriously affecting sugarcane production in the country. In the absence of disease resistant varieties for cultivation, virus-free tissue culture seedlings derived through meristem culture are recommended to manage yellow leaf in sugarcane. Further, host resistance has not been exploited due to lack of information on resistance to the disease in the germplasm and the parents. Sugarcane Breeding Institute (SBI), Coimbatore houses one of the largest collections of sugarcane germplasm and hybrid collections. We…

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