XXIX Congress 2016

The XXIX ISSCT Congress was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 5 to 8 December 2016 and was attended by 950 delegates from some 40 countries. The Congress was preceded by the Pre-Congress Tour on 2 and 3 December in Khon Kaen and followed by the Post-Congress from 9-11 December in Sukhothai and Nakhon Sawan provinces.


Plenary Sessions

Three Plenary Sessions were held on:

Producing sugarcane under changing environmental conditions

  • Qi - Big data science for small farmers: improving resilience to climate change
  • van Antwerpen, Ng Cheong, Miles, Gilbert - Strategies for cane production in marginal environments and under more environmental scrutiny
  • Poggio, Renouf, Schroeder – Balancing profitability and environmental considerations in best practice cane growing

Plenary - Producing sugarcane under changing economic conditions

  • Dubreucq, Rungjang, Sriroth– Plant phenolics in the sugarcane biorefinery
  • Monthienvichienchai – Mitr Phol Group’s Increasing international experience
  • Balieiro, de Witte, Weerathaworn - Using production-cost analysis to understand the competitiveness of sugarcane production: a comparison among Thailand, Vietnam, South Africa and Brazil

Producing sugarcane under changing policy and management regimes

  • F. Botha - Sugarcane R,D&E: over managed and underperforming?
  • A. Chudasama Dynamics of the global sugar industry: an overview
  • Communications of sections

    267 Communications in all have been presented in the different Sections of the five Commissions during the week. The number of oral and poster presentations numbered 267 across the six Commissions of ISSCT including eight Plenary Sessions papers and six Workshops reports. The largest number of papers and posters were in the Biology Commission (Germplasm & Breeding, Entomology, Pathology and Molecular Biology).

    A shield was offered to the Senior Authors of the Best Papers. Certificates were awarded to Senior Authors and Co-Authors of the best papers of the 5 Commissions. Certificates were delivered Senior Authors and Co-Authors of the best posters.


    Best Papers




    James E. Irvine Award

    C. Thongponkaew, N. Chittamart, S. Tawornpruek and P. Pinjai

    Screening of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria from sugarcane rhizospheric soil and their abilities to improve growth and yield of sugarcane

    Robert Antoine Award

    K. S. Braithwaite, C. Ngo, B. Croft, R. Magarey and A. Young

    Progress in understanding and managing chlorotic streak of sugarcane

    Emile Hugot Award

    D. W. Rackemann and R. Broadfoot  

    Evaluation of sucrose loss in evaporators for different processing configurations

    Maurice Paturau Award

    I. O’Hara, D. Rackemann, D. Moller, Z. Zhang, F. Plaza, K. Kitai, S. Ohara and T. Yasuhara

    Pilot-scale demonstration and economics of the inversion process for sugar and ethanol production

    H. William Kerr Award

    M. O’Shea and L. Clement

    Sugar Research Australia – an evolution in the delivery of RD&E activities to the Australian sugar industry

    Best Posters




    Norman Joseph King Award

    V. Veerachitt, S. Rethinum and U. Pliansinchai

    Monitoring sugarcane growth using high resolution

    imagery from a UAV

    Ernest Victor Abbott Award

    V. Jarnkoon, M. Tintarasaranaratchaseema, U. Pliansinchai. A. Rana, J. Moonrinta, S. Neelsawat and M. M. Dailey

    Diagnosing sugarcane insect pests and diseases

    using mobile applications

    John Clayton Award

    P. Saothong, K. Sriroth, B. Ninchan,
    S. Khotavivattana and W. Vanichsriratana

    Applications of dextranase in Thai Sugar factories

    August John Vlitos Award

    B. Chitprasert and W. Juttuporn
    M. Rodprapakorn

    Ultrasonic-assisted extraction of antioxidants and

    antimicrobials from sugarcane bagasse

    The Proceedings comprising both papers and posters are available on ISSCT website in the Members' Corner. Arrangements have been made with the four Journals: International Sugar Journal, Sugar Cane International, Sugar Journal (of New Orleans), Zucker Industrie and Sugar Tech to publish some communications selected by them in their forthcoming issues during the year.