Publication date:

05 March 2018

Length of book:

468 pages


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781786761484

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.

Key features

  • Covers key advances in breeding, including conventional, marker-assisted and transgenic breeding techniques 
  • Summarises key advances in understanding bacterial, fungal and viral diseases of sugarcane 
  • Assesses best practice in integrated disease, pest and weed management

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“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