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Control of sugarcane (Saccharum sp) smut disease (Ustilago scitaminea) through breeding and selection of resistant clones

Ladd, S.L.; Heinz, D.J.; Meyer, H.K.

Proceedings XV Congress, International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, 1974 (Vol.1): 36-45

1974


Accession: 000051104

Smut disease (Ustilago scitaminea) of sugar cane had not been reported in the USA until 1971 when it was discovered on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Since then, some 4000 commercial, potentially commercial and breeding clones, and about 35 000 new hybrids have been tested for smut reaction. Three artificial inoculation techniques were studied, and one (the dip method) was selected as indicative of natural infection.

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