Australia’s sugar cane industry battling yellow canopy syndrome

Australia’s sugar cane industry will spend a million dollars in an attempt to identify the cause of a mysterious disease that’s ruining cane crops in northern Queensland.

Yellow Canopy Syndrome causes root rot and yellowing leaves in cane throughout most growing regions north of the town of Mackay, and it’s recently been found on freshly planted cane.

Murray McCarty, ABC rural Townsville, reports the project will be financed by industry and the Queensland Government.

He spoke to Doctor Andrew Ward from the Bureau of Sugar Experimental Studies.

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