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Sugarcane smut after three years: a policy retrospective.

Antony, G., Magarey, R. and Milford, B. (2010) Sugarcane smut after three years: a policy retrospective. In: Proceedings of the 2010, 32nd Conference of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, 11-14 May 2010, Bundaberg, Queensland.


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The detection of sugarcane smut disease (Ustilago scitaminea) in the Bundaberg-Childers region of eastern Australia in 2006 triggered a comprehensive and united response from BSES Limited, Queensland Government and CANEGROWERS. The response to sugarcane smut in the Bundaberg-Childers area was the first test for the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed, an agreement between Australian governments and plant industries to facilitate a response to a plant pest incursion. As part of this response and the subsequent inquiry, economic models of the likely pattern of spread and cost of the smut epidemic were prepared. This paper reviews the predictions of those models in the light of the subsequent three years' experience. It examines reasons for divergence from the modelled outcomes, some of which were good approximations of actual experience.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:DEEDI
Additional Information:© Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. ASSCT
Keywords:Epidemics; fungal diseases; plant diseases; plant pathogenic fungi; plant pathogens; prediction; reviews; simulation models; spread; sugarcane.
Subjects:Plant culture > Field crops > Sugar plants
Plant pests and diseases
Live Archive:29 Nov 2010 04:11
Last Modified:20 Feb 2024 00:33

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