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Achieving sustainable cultivation of sugarcane Volume 2 Breeding, pests and diseases


Dr Philippe Rott is Professor of Plant Pathology in the Everglades Research and Education Center at the University of Florida. He previously conducted research at CIRAD (the French Agricultural Research Center for International Development) for over three decades. Professor Rott is currently Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Sugarcane Technologists. He has written widely on sugarcane diseases.



Publication date:

05 March 2018

ISBN-13: 9781786761484

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Sugarcane is the source of over three quarters of the world’s sugar, and is grown widely in the tropics and sub-tropics. Despite rising demand, average yields have not increased significantly, partly because of continued vulnerability to pests and diseases. In addition, cultivation has been seen as damaging biodiversity and soil health with a negative effect on both yields and the environment. This volume summarises the wealth of research addressing these challenges.

Volume 2 reviews advances in breeding and the management of pests and diseases. Part 1 assesses the latest research on sugarcane genetics, physiology and genetic diversity, and how this is informing advances in conventional, marker-assisted and transgenic breeding techniques. Part 2 discusses progress in understanding bacterial, fungal and viral diseases and their management, as well as the management of insect and nematode pests as well as weeds.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for sugarcane scientists, growers, government and non-governmental agencies responsible for supporting and monitoring the impact of sugarcane cultivation. It is accompanied by a companion volume reviewing cultivation and sustainability issues.

What others are saying...

“Although there have been a number of books published on sugarcane production, none are current enough to capture more recent scientific results and none of those texts address the problems of achieving sustainability of sugarcane production. The proposed content and contributing scientists are excellent choices for producing a text that will be highly relevant for sugarcane scientist, students and producers.”
Dr Paul H. Moore, Hawaii Agricultural Research Center, USA; co-editor of Sugarcane: Physiology, Biochemistry and Functional Biology

Table of contents

Part 1 Plant physiology and breeding
1.Sugarcane genome sequencing and genetic mapping: Xiping Yang and Ramkrishna Kandel, University of Florida (Gainesville), USA; Jian Song, University of Florida (Gainesville), USA and Dezhou University, China; Qian You, University of Florida (Gainesville), USA and Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China; Mengjuan Wang, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China; Jianping Wang, University of Florida (Gainesville), USA and Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China;
2.Advances in understanding of sugarcane plant growth and physiology: Frederik C. Botha, Sugar Research Australia and the University of Queensland, Australia;
3.Ensuring and exploiting the genetic diversity of sugarcane: Anna Hale, USDA-ARS, USA; Phillip Jackson, CSIRO, Australia; and James R. Todd, USDA-ARS, USA;
4.Advances in conventional sugarcane breeding programmes: Phillip Jackson, CSIRO, Australia;
5.Advances in marker-assisted breeding of sugarcane: Per McCord, USDA-ARS, USA;
6.Genetic improvement of sugarcane by transgenic, intragenic and genome editing technologies: Fredy Altpeter and Ratna Karan, University of Florida, USA;

Part 2 Progress in understanding and managing diseases, pests and weeds
7.Ensuring biosecurity in sugarcane cultivation: Nicole Thompson, Sugar Research Australia (SRA), Australia;
8.Viral metagenomics and sugarcane pathogens: Philippe Roumagnac, Jean-Heinrich Daugrois and Denis Filloux, CIRAD, France; and Dimitre Mollov, USDA-ARS, USA;
9.Progress in understanding fungal diseases affecting sugarcane: red rot: R. Viswanathan, A. Ramesh Sundar, R. Selvakumar and P. Malathi, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, India;
10.Progress in understanding fungal diseases affecting sugarcane: smut: Claudia B. Monteiro Vitorello, Patricia Dayane Carvalho Schaker, Juliana Benevenuto, Natália de Sousa Teixeira e Silva and Sintia Silva de Almeida, University of São Paulo, Brazil;
11.Progress in understanding fungal diseases affecting sugarcane: rusts: R. Stuart Rutherford, South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa;
12.Progress in understanding viruses affecting sugarcane: Kathy Braithwaite, Sugar Research Australia (SRA), Australia;
13.Recent progress in understanding three major bacterial diseases of sugarcane: gumming, leaf scald and ratoon stunting: Monique Royer, Isabelle Pieretti, and Stéphane Cociancich, CIRAD, France; and Philippe Rott, University of Florida, USA;
14.Managing the soil biological community to improve soil health and reduce losses from nematode pests: Graham R. Stirling, Biological Crop Protection Pty Ltd, Australia;
15.Progress in understanding and managing insect pests affecting sugarcane: François-Régis Goebel, CIRAD, France; Julien M. Beuzelin, University of Florida, USA; and Mike J. Way, South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI), South Africa;
16.Integrated disease management strategies in sugarcane cultivation: Jack C. Comstock and Sushma G. Sood, USDA-ARS, USA;
17.Integrated weed management in sugarcane cultivation: Calvin Odero, University of Florida, USA;