ISSCT XIII Pathology Workshop

This workshop will be a display of major diseases affecting sugarcane in Argentina and the corresponding pathogens, including Brown rust (Puccinia melanocephala), smut (Sporisorium scitamineum), ratoon stunting disease (Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli), leaf scald (Xanthomonas albilineans), red stripe (Acidovorax avenae), and sugar cane mosaic virus (SCMV and SrMV). The workshop will highlight the pathogens significantly heterogeneous distribution in a nearly 250 km long, irrigated inland area, and the genetic and crop management strategies that are used to deal with these diseases. Participants are encouraged to prepare abstracts for oral or poster presentations related to the themes of the workshop and other topics of interest in the field of sugarcane pathology. A program will be prepared for accompanying persons if a minimum of 10 persons are interested. Delegates are asked to submit an expression of interest via the website to keep up to date with developments and to aid in suitable venue and accommodation selections. This workshop will be hosted by CHACRA and INTA.


CHACRA (Chacra Experimental Agrícola Santa Rosa) is the only private sugarcane breeding program in Argentina, developing varieties specifically adapted to the agroclimatic conditions of Jujuy and Salta. Initially established by CARNA (Northern Argentina Regional Sugar Center), Chacra is financially supported by Ledesma, Seaboard and Río Grande sugar mills to develop and promote new varieties, technology and innovation in sugarcane. Chacra activities focus on developing NA (North Argentina) varieties, research and development of new traits based on biotechnology research, and commercial propagation of clean seed cane.

ISSCT (The International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists) is an association of scientists, technologists, managers, institutions and companies/corporations concerned with the technical advancement of the cane sugar industry and its co-products

INTA (National Institute of Agricultural Technology) is a decentralized public body of the Ministry of Agriculture, Husbandry and Fisheries. INTA was born in 1956 and its objectives and efforts are oriented towards innovation as the engine of national development. As a member of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System, INTA develops capacities for the agro-industrial sector and participates in networks that promote inter-institutional cooperation. INTA generates knowledge and technologies put at the service of different sectors of society, through their extension, information and communication systems.