SCWL is one of the most destructive sugarcane diseases which are widespread in South and Southeast Asian countries (Fig. 1). The disease is caused by plant pathogenic phytoplasma transmitted by the leafhopper Matsumuratettix hiroglyphicus (Matsumura) (Fig.2). This research project consists of three major components: establishment of risk assessment method on the transmission of the disease, improvement of seed-cane production and field cultivation management, and economic evaluation of the benefits of incorporating the technologies. The outcomes of these research components will be integrated into a ‘guideline of disease management’ for sugarcane producers in developing regions in the world.
Fig. 1. Sugarcane white leaf disease in Khon Kaen, Thailand
Fig. 2. Adult of Matsumuratettix hiroglyphicus(Matsumura)
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