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Breeding Workshop, 17-21 August 2009, Australia

Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove,
4879, Queensland,
17 – 21 AUGUST 2009

“Sugarcane Crop Improvement – Opportunities and Challenges”



The 9th ISSCT Breeding and Germplasm Workshop of the Biology Commission was held in Cairns, Australia from 17 to 21 August 2009 and was hosted by BSES Limited.

Coral Coast Drive, Palm Cove, 4879, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

For further information please contact:

Principal Scientist
Crop Improvement Division
BSES Limited
P.O. Box 122
Gordonvale, 4865

Tel: +61 7 405 64523
Fax: +61 7 405 63405

Breeding Section Chair
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE LA CANA DE AZUCAR DEL ECUADOR (CINCAE) – Fundación para la investigación azucarera del Ecuador (FIADE)
Elizalde 114 y Malecon,
Casilla Letr “S”, Guayaquil

Tel: +593 9 9914 464 or +593 4 2729163
Fax: +595 9 9892 656

Agronomy Workshop, 24-29 May 2009, Brazil

ISSCT AGRONOMY WORKSHOP 24 to 29 May 2009 Uberlândia/MG, BRAZIL

The ISSCT Agronomy Workshop was hosted by
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia


The Federal University of Uberlândia, STAB and APTA, hosted the VIII ISSCT AGRONOMY WORKSHOP of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) which was held in Uberlandia/MG (Center Convention) from the 24-29 May 2009.

The general theme of the Workshop was “Sugarcane production: integration among sugar, alcohol, residue cycling and sustainability” and the objective of the meeting was to bring together academia, researchers and industrial specialists who presented their latest scientific findings, and discuss issues pertaining to sugar cane production throughout the world.

Please click to access the Workshop Report.

Entomology Workshop, 20-25 April 2009, Argentina


Tucumán Center
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
April 20-25, 2009

Impact of Globalization on Sugarcane Pests, Biodiversity and the Environment.

The Entomology Workshop of the Biology Commission was held in Argentina from 20 to 25 April 2009 and was hosted by the Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres. Please click to accede the Workshop Report.

For further details and information please contact the local Organizer:
Eduardo Willink –




Tucumán Center
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
April 20-25, 2009
Impact of Globalization on Sugarcane Pests, Biodiversity and the Environment

Summary Report by ISSCT Entomology Committee

The 7th ISSCT Entomology workshop was held from 20 to 24 April 2009 in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina. The meeting venue was the beautiful Tucumán Center Hotel conveniently located near the Province of Tucuman’s Independence Plaza, its Government offices, and many shops and restaurants. The workshop was hosted by Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres. Members of the local organizing committee were L. Daniel Ploper, Eduardo Willink, Jorge Scandaliaris and Analía Ruth Salvatore with Maria Teresa Vera serving as local coordinator. Additional support was provided by Syngenta SA, Instituto de Desarrollo Productivo (IDEP), and the Universidad San Pablo.

The workshop was attended by 37 delegates and, of these 13 were scientists from countries outside Argentina: Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, France, Mauritius, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, and the U.S.A.

Opening ceremonies began on Monday morning with a welcome to the delegates by Dr. Daniel Ploper, Head of the Estación Experimental Agoindustrial Obispo Colombres, Eng. Carlos Mirande, ISSCT Councilor from Argentina [Sociedad Argentina de Tecnico de la Caña de Azucar (S.A.T.C.A.)] and Mr. Juan Jośe Budeguer, president of the board of Estación Experimental Agoindustrial Obispo Colombres. All stressed the importance of the ISSCT workshops as venues for the scientific exchange and the establishment of scientific contacts. Dr. Ploper was particularly pleased for the Experiment Station to be hosting the workshop as the year 2009 represented its centenary. Dr. Siverio Flores Caceres, Honorary President of the 2010 ISSCT Congress, also welcomed delegates and encouraged all to come to Veracruz in 2010. Dr. William White, Entomology Section Committee Chairman, presented a historical review of the Entomology Workshops beginning with the first workshop in 1991.

Formal presentations began in the afternoon with the first session on biological control moderated by Peter Samson. William White (U.S.A) presented a paper titled ‘Leptotrachelus dorsalis (F.) (Coleoptera: Carabidae): The prodigal son returns’. In this paper he reported on how the use of green chemistry can have a profound positive impact on beneficial insects in sugar cane fields. The second paper titled ‘Socio-economic benefits of biological control used in sugarcane production in Thailand’ was presented by Sopon Uraichuen (Thailand). This paper was unique in that, while the impact of biological control in the field is often reported, the socio-economic impact of biological control is often underpublicized. Pilar Medina Pereya (Argentina) presented a talk titled ‘Improving the effectiveness of Cotesia flavipes on Diatraea saccharalis under laboratory massive breeding conditions’. The author identified rearing parameters that helped to optimize production of this important parasitoid. Wiwat Suasa-ard (Thailand) presented the paper ‘Diversity of sugarcane stem borers and their natural enemies in Thailand’. Elisabeth Tabone (France) presented the paper ‘First results on inducing quiescence in Trichogramma chilonis development’. The development of cold storage techniques for this important egg parasitoid is a vital step in increasing the economic efficiency of using the parasitoid in inundative release programs.

Fours papers were presented in the section on pest management moderated by Eduardo Willink. The first paper ‘A whole-farm ecological approach for the management of sugar cane pests in Mauritius’ was presented by Seelavarn Ganeshan (Mauritius). He stressed the importance of maintaining undisturbed areas around agricultural land as a way to enhance natural enemy populations that would help in the control of pest outbreaks. Jorge Mendoza’s (Ecuador) paper ‘Looking for alternatives to manage the sugarcane leafhopper, Perkinsiella saccharicida Kirkaldy in Ecuador’ summarized their findings on biological control and the use of insecticides for control of this leafhopper. He stated that a planned approach for pesticide application is recommended to reduce the risks to natural enemies. A paper titled ‘Managing sugarcane thrips in the South African industry’ was presented by Mike Way (South Africa). The authors of this paper reported on research focusing on an IPM approach with combinations of varietal resistance, cultural (planting date manipulation) and insecticide options to manage this pest. Peter Samson (Australia) presented the paper ‘White grub management in new farming systems in Australia’. As Australian growers adopt new farming practices, i.e. legume rotations, controlled traffic and minimum tillage, it has become important to investigate how these practices affect white grub populations and their management.

Seelavarn Ganeshan moderated a section of two papers on insect-plant interactions. The first paper by Gene Reagan (U.S.A.) ‘The role of plant stress physiology impacting the population dynamics of the Mexican rice borer and sugarcane aphid’ presented data that show how both pests conform to the plant stress hypothesis and how changes in amino acid content due to stress can render plants more susceptible. A second paper by Eduardo Willink and co-authors (Argentina) ‘Relationship between Diatraea saccharalis attack and nitrogen fertilization in sugarcane in Tucumán, Argentina’ investigated the relationship between fertilization and pest damage outbreaks and concluded that the gains in yield from proper fertilization are greater than any increase in damage by the sugarcane borer.

A section on losses due to sugar cane pests was moderated by Regis Goebel. The first paper ‘Sugar losses caused by the sugarcane borer (Diatraea saccharalis) in Tucumán’ by Analía Salvatore (Argentina), reported that yield reductions of 0.42% in stalk weight and 0.20% in pol were realized for each 1% increase in bored internodes. Cecilia Easdale (Argentina) presented a paper titled ‘Attack of Mocis latipes (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on sugarcane in Argentina’. This insect, a grassworm looper, can reduce cane yield losses by 11.3 to 41.2% and sugar yields by 13.9 to 42.9%; differences in yield losses can be explained by cane variety and age of cane at attack. Analía Salvatore (Argentina) also presented a paper on this pest titled ‘Losses due to Mocis latipes, the grassworm looper in sugarcane in Tucumán, Argentina’. These authors reported higher losses in their study with an average sugar loss per tonne of cane of 58.3%.

The final technical session on biological studies of sugar cane pests was moderated by William White. Three papers were presented in this session. The first ‘An overview of the results using radiotelemetry to study insect flight patterns: how could this new technology be applied to the Australian greyback canegrub, Dermolepida albohirtum (Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae)?’ was presented by Francois-Regis Goebel (France). He reported that new tools such as radiotelemetry, geographic information systems and simulation models offer opportunities to unravel the spatial ecology of the grub and possibly help to implement an area-wide pest management initiative in Australia. Cecilia Easdale (Argentina) presented the paper ‘The influence of environmental factors on sugarcane leafhopper development’. Research indicated that the environmental factor that has the greatest influence on population development is low precipitation during December. The last paper presented by Analía Salvatore (Argentina) ‘The sugarcane weevil, Acrotomopus actropuntellus (Coleoptera), in Tucumán, Argentina’. This intriguing beetle, first cited in the literature in 1929 and identified in 2004, was found throughout the Province of Tucuman. The authors continue to research this emerging pest as its damage is frequently attributed to the sugarcane borer and has likely been underestimated.

A final session was set aside for discussion and concluding remarks. Discussions were held on future joint projects and goals for the group as well as a possible site for the next workshop. The composition of the next Entomology Committee was also discussed. Dr. Flores made a more detailed report on the activities planned for the Veracruz ISSCT Congress and again encouraged everyone to make an effort to attend. Dr. Ploper officially closed the technical sessions by thanking everyone for attending and their hard work to make the workshop a success. He again stressed the importance of the ISSCT workshops for the sugarcane entomology community.

As with all Entomology Workshops, opportunities for cultural enlightenment were provided, and one evening a social was held at the Club Sol, Sierra de San Javier, where all were treated to a hearty meal and the opportunity to enjoy watching the Tango and traditional Gaucho dances. The post-workshop tour included a field trip to local cane fields to view insect damage in the field, a visit to the research facilities at the Estación Experimental Agroindustrial Obispo Colombres and a trip to the lovely region surrounding Tafí Del Valle where the group visited a hostel where local cheeses were made, a local vineyard, and an archeological site once inhabited by the indigenous people of that region in Argentina.


Delegates attending the 7th ISSCT Entomology Workshop
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina


Co-Products Workshop, 15-19 March 2009, India


15 – 19 MARCH 2009



Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited
Ponni Sugars
and in collaboration with
and the


The International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) has organized a Workshop on Co-products of sugarcane manufacture which was held at The Residency Hotel, Coimbatore from Sunday 15 – 19 March 2009.

Please click to accede the Workshop Report.

The Workshop involved two days of indoor sessions and two days of site visits.

For further information please contact the organizers:

R. Chandramouli
Ponni Sugars (Erode) Ltd.
Odapalli, Cauvery R.S. Post
ERODE 638 007

Tel (Mobile): +94 431 93636
Fax : +91 4288 247363

Pedro Avram Waganoff
Commissioner & Chair Co-Products Section
IPRO Industrieprojekt GmbH
Celler Strasse 67
D-38114 Braunschweig

Tel: +49 531 590 0323
Fax: +49 531 590 0345

Agricultural Engineering, 1-6 March 2009, Thailand

Kasetsart University, Nakhon Pathom, THAILAND
1 – 6 March 2009

“Sugarcane Mechanization for Profitability and Sustainability Under Environmental Conservation”

– Host
– Programme
– Report

The 9th ISSCT Agricultural Engineering Workshop was held at The National Agricultural Extension and Training Center (NAETC), Kasetsart University, Kamphaeng Saen, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. The theme was “Sugarcane Mechanisation for Profitability and Sustainability under Environmental Conservation”. The pre-workshop sightseeing tour was held on Monday 2nd March, with the main workshop being held on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th March. The second workshop field visit and plenary session was held on Thursday 5th, with the final sightseeing activity being held on that afternoon, with the delegates returning to Bangkok that evening.

The National Agricultural Extension and Training Centre organised the Workshop, under the auspices of the Thailand Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (TSSCT).

Given the status of the World Financial Crisis, the participation was very good, with 17 international delegates, and an additional 30 delegates from Thailand, including Government and Industry representatives, and senior operational and research staff from major milling groups.

The Programme during the week and the list of Communications, as well as the Report are accessible on this website.

Further details and information relating to this very successful workshop can be obtained from members of the committee, including:

Mr Kitti Choonhawong
Thailand Society of Sugarcane Technologists
Kasetart University
Kamphaeng Saen,
Nakhon Pathom,

Tel +66 3435 2313

Department of Farm Mechanics
Kasetsart University,
Kamphaeng Saen,
Nakhon Pathom,

Tel: +66 8 9202 5110
Fax: +66 3435 2313

Processing Workshop 20-23 October 2008, Saint Denis, Réunion Island


20 – 23 October 2008

“Green cane impact on sugar processing”


The Process Workshop of the Factory Commission was held in Saint Denis, Reunion Island from 20 to 23 October 2008 and was hosted by eRcane formerly Centre d’Essai de Recherche et de Formation (CERF).

During the three days, the participants have explored the effects of green cane harvesting on all the factory processes from cane reception, sampling and analysis through to product sugar quality and molasses exhaustion.

A day was devoted to visit the two sugar factories of the Island. Technologies of interest include new design falling film evaporators, sextuple effect evaporator sets, high level of automation and many other innovative technologies.

For further information please contact:

Mr. Roderick John STEINDL
Chair Processing Section
Principal Research Fellow
SRI, Centre for Tropical Crops & Biocommodities
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434, Brisbane,
Australia, 4001

Tel: +61(0)7 3138 1234, Fax: +61(0)7 3138 4132
Mob: +61(0)439 427 680

Engineering Workshop 30 June - 4 July 2008, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil


Central Sugar Mill, Piracicaba-SP – Brazil
30 June – 04 July 2008

“Design manufacturing and maintenance of sugar mill equipment”

The Engineering Workshop which had as theme “Design, manufacturing and maintenance of sugar mill equipment” was held at Central Sugar Mill, Piracicaba-SP – Brazil from 30 June to 5 July 2008.

To access the report please click on REPORT

For further information please contact the Engineering Section Chairman:

Dr. Geoff KENT
H Block Level 3
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434
Queensland 4001


Tel: +61 7 3138 1185
Fax: +61 7 3138 4132

Pathology/Molecular Biology Workshop, 23 - 27 June 2008, Cali, Colombia


23 – 27 June 2008

“Advances and Challenges in Sugarcane Biotechnology and Plant Pathology”

The combined ISSCT IX Plant Pathology and VI Molecular Biology Workshop was held in Cali, Colombia from June 23 – 27, 2008 and was hosted by the Colombian Sugarcane Research Center-CENICAÑA.


Management, 27 April - 2 May 2008, Townsville, Australia


Townsville, AUSTRALIA
27 April – 2 May 2008

“Advancing sugarcane: leading and managing change”



The Second Workshop of the Management Section was held in Townsville, Australia from 27 April to 2 May 2008 and was hosted by the CANEGROWERS AUSTRALIA.

For further information please contact the organizer:

Mr. Bernard Milford
Australian Cane Growers Council Ltd

Tel: +61 7 3864 6444
Fax: +61 7 3864 6429