XXX Congress 2019

2-5 September 2019

Tucumán, Argentina

The XXX ISSCT Congress was held in Tucumán, Argentina from 2 to 5 September 2019 and was attended by 738 delegates from some 45 countries.

The Congress was preceded by the Pre-Congress Tour on 31 August and 1 September and followed by the Post-Congress from 6 to 8 September in Salta and Jujuy.  


    The Keynote address was delivered by Dr. Plinio Nastari entitled “Giving value to ethanol as a clean and efficient option of energy for future mobility”.

    Plenary Sessions

    Plenary Sessions were held on:
    Tuesday 3 September 2019

    Plenary – Sugarcane production and the environment

    • Schroeder – Enterprise-specific sustainable sugarcane production – making the most of what you’ve got!
    • Minton – Sustainable production of chemicals, fuels and animal feed from C1 gases
    • Abe – “Nissan Intelligent Power” and solid-oxide fuel cells for electric vehicle applications

    Wednesday 4 September 2019

    Plenary – Sugarcane economics

    • Autrey – Competitiveness of different sugarcane industries in an era of low sugar prices
    • Leal – Sugarcane agricultural residues: potential, bottlenecks and solutions
    • Steindl – You want to build a new WHAT?

    Thursday 5 September 2019

    Plenary – Sugarcane versus sugar beet

    • Jaggard – Factors affecting recent trends in sugar beet yields and implications for sugarcane productivity
    • Jackson – Why are yields of sugarcane not increasing as much as sugar beet (or other crops)?
    • Morgenroth – Comparison of beet and sugarcane production methods and opportunities for dual production


    Communications of sections

    302 Communications in all have been presented in the different Sections of the five Commissions during the week. There were 177 papers and 125 posters across the five Commissions of ISSCT including nine Plenary Sessions papers and six Workshops reports.

    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

    I. Lima and P. White Jr.

    Sugarcane-bagasse and leaf-residue biochars as soil amendments for increased sugar and cane yields

    Robert Antoine Award

    A. Cheavegatti-Gianotto, W. Oliveira, F. Lopes, A. Gentile, R. Onosaki and W. Burnquist

    Development of CTC20BT, the first genetically modified sugarcane commercially available in the world

    Emile Hugot Award

    G. Kent

    Understanding milling tandem control

    Maurice Paturau Award

    G. Eggleston and G. Aita

    Exploration of sugarcane products as a major source of antioxidant phenolic extracts in commercial foods and beverages

    H. William Kerr Award

    S. Auzoux E. Scopel, M. Christina, C. Poser and J-C. Soulié

    AEGIS, an extended information system to support agroecological transition for sugarcane industries

    Best Posters




    Norman Joseph King Award

    S. Duquesne and P. Rondeau

    Development of mechanization of sugarcane harvesting in a highly constrained context: the case of Réunion

    Ernest Victor Abbott Award

    R. Atencio, F-R. Goebel and V. Murillo

    Host plants associated with Diatraea tabernella Dyar (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) in sugarcane in Panamá

    John Clayton Award

    K. Aparatana, K. Saengprachatanarug,

    Y. Izumikawa, S. Nakamura and E. Taira


    Identification and quantification of trash in delivered sugarcane using hyperspectral imaging and chemometric techniques

    August John Vlitos Award

    G. Aita, Y-H. Moon, C. Verrit and T. Foster

    Production of xylooligosaccharides by acid hydrolysis from energy-cane bagasse as a source of prebiotics antimicrobials from sugarcane bagasse


    Mr. Daniel Poultney from Réunion Island, France has won the 2019 Early Career Award and the prize is the sponsoring of his attendance to the next Agronomy Workshop

    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), Zuckerindustrie and Sugar Tech to publish some communications selected by them in their forthcoming issues during the year.