An extensive volume of Sugarcane Diseases and their World Distribution (Vol. I) was published by Elsevier under the auspices of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists in 1961. The present volume was intended to be a new edition of the book, but so many changes were required that a new book was needed. Only three chapters have been kept with slight amendments. The other chapters have been completely re-written. In fact with changes in importance of major diseases, four diseases previously treated have been left out; on the other hand, three new topics have been included in the new book, two new diseases and a chapter on sugarcane quarantine.
The first chapter gives a brief account of the anatomy, morphology and physiology of the sugarcane plant to facilitate terminology and especially for a better appreciation of the effect of disease on the growth of the crop. Diseases are extensively treated as in Volume I, with a very good description of their symptoms and variation under different conditions and severity, all well illustrated by black and white figures and in a set of colour plates at the end of the book which will prove of valuable help for identification. The causal agents of the diseases are described giving synonyms, cultural characteristics, isolation methods and present knowledge on race variation, an aspect on which there has been quite an advance in knowledge since Volume I was published. New techniques of diagnosis are also given. Advances in research on the diseases over the last 25 years are well covered and supported by an extensive bibliography at the end of each chapter.
The book has been edited by people having first hand experience in the field and in research on these diseases. Authors have been selected from among the most knowledgeable all over the sugar cane world, especially with due regard to the importance of the different diseases in their countries.
Sugarcane anatomy, morphology and physiology (M.H.R. Julien, J.E. Irvine, G.T.A. Benda). Bacterial Diseases. Gumming disease (C. Ricaud, L.J.C. Autrey). Leaf scald (C. Ricaud, C.C. Ryan). Ratoon stunting disease (A.G. Gillaspie, Jr., D.S. Teakle). Red stripe (J.P. Martin, C.A. Wismer: revised by C.C. Ryan). Fungal Diseases. Brown stripe (J.P. Martin: revised by B.T. Egan). Downy mildew (L.S. Leu, B.T. Egan). Eye spot (J.C. Comstock, G.W. Steiner). Leaf scorch (T.T. Lo and L.S. Leu). Pineapple disease (C.A. Wismer, R.A. Bailey). Pokkah boeng (J.P. Martin, H. Handojo, C.A. Wismer: revised by H. Handojo). Red rot (K. Singh, R.P. Singh). Rust (C.C. Ryan, B.T. Egan). Smut (S.A. Ferreira, J.C. Comstock). Yellow spot (C. Ricaud, L.J.C. Autrey). Virus Diseases. Chlorotic streak (B.T. Egan). Fiji disease (B.T. Egan, C.C. Ryan, R.I.B. Francki). Grassy shoot and white leaf diseases (N. Rishi, C.T. Chen). Mosaic (H. Koike, A.G. Gillaspie, Jr.). Streak (K.R. Bock, R.A. Bailey). General. Sugarcane quarantine (A.G. Gillaspie, Jr.). Sugarcane diseases and their world distribution. Subject Index. Colour Plates.