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To develop and adapt methods to enhance sugarcane disease detection and species identification.
Molecular disease diagnostics, NIR data collection and building of disease models, detection and control of sugarcane rusts, sugarcane fungal diseases, conducting field trials and observation plots, using AFLP techniques to detect polymorphisms linked to disease tolerance.
The expansion in the application of NIRS and HPLC for sugarcane.
Testing new chemical compounds against sugarcane diseases and conducting field trials towards product registration.
Disease isolation for use in screening trials.
Isolation and characterization of mutated genes that have increased tolerance to specific herbicides.
Rutherford, RS, Maphalala, KZ, Koch, AC, Snyman, SJ, Watt, MP (2017) Field and laboratory assessments of sugarcane mutants selected in vitro for resistance to imazapyr herbicide. Crop Breeding & Applied Biotechnology 17: 107-114.
Snyman, SJ, Meyer, GM, Koch, AC, Banasiak, M, Watt, MP (2011) Applications of in vitro culture systems for commercial sugarcane production and improvement. In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant 47: 234-249.