Sugar cane smut is now established in all sugarcane growing areas of Australia

Publication Date
Fri, 11 Dec 2009, 01:00
Last Updated
June 30, 2015, 8:01 a.m.
Report Number
AUS-27/2
Country
Australia
Pest Id
Sporisorium scitamineum - (USTISC)
Report Status
Final
Hosts
Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
Pest Status
  • Unknown
Geographical Distribution
Sugarcane growing areas of Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales (NSW).
Summary

Sugar cane smut is now considered to be established in all areas where sugarcane is grown in Australia.

Danger
The first traces of sugar cane smut disease have been found in a cane crop in the Condong milling area of northern NSW. In preparation for the eventual arrival of the pest, the NSW sugar industry now has around 60% of the cane area planted with smut resistant and smut tolerant varieties.
Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture, GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia ippc.contactpoint@agriculture.gov.au
Issue keywords
Pest status:Present/Presence
Commodity keywords

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