Pests and Diseases

Pests and Diseases

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Severe pest and disease outbreaks in the Australian sugarcane industry have caused some heavy losses to productivity. Outbreaks of the diseases Fiji leaf gall, orange rust and smut have cost hundreds of millions of dollars and have impacted the sugarcane plant breeding program and on-farm management.

Exotic pests and diseases and more commonly endemic/established pests and diseases pose an ongoing challenge to the industry.