Date Posted

18 June, 2015

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Sugar Research Australia has eliminated a suspected cause of Yellow Canopy Syndrome, as part of its research investment into the troublesome problem facing the Australian sugarcane industry.

SRA Executive Manager for Research, Frikkie Botha, said that the fungus Nigrospora was not the cause of YCS. The fungus has been used as a biological agent for controlling some grass weeds, and had been implicated as a potential agent for the development of YCS.

“We have analysed our database for the presence of signature metabolites for Nigrospora. Based on the results, this fungus can be ruled out as the cause of YCS,” Dr Botha said.

“Every time we rule out something as being a cause of YCS, this brings us one step closer to determining what is causing YCS, and also determining an appropriate response to combat it.

“SRA researchers – and partners with other leading scientific research organisations in Australia and around the world – are working on this problem to find a solution as quickly as possible.”

Media contact: SRA Brad Pfeffer 0419 175 815

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