Submitted to: International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/16/2009
Publication Date: 3/15/2010
Citation: Comstock, J.C., Dookun-Saumtally, A., Croft, B., Hont, A.D., Garces, F., Mirkov, E., Rao, G.P., Saumtally, S., Souza, G.M., Watt, D. ADVANCES AND CHALLENGES IN SUGARCANE BIOTECHNOLOY AND PLANT PATHOLOGY: A REVIEW OF THE IX PLANT PATHOLOGY WORKSHOP AND VI MOLECULAR BIOLOGY WORKSHOP. International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists Proceedings. 27:1-9. 2010 Interpretive Summary: A summary of the plenary papers and technical abstract presented at the IX Sugarcane Pathology Workshop and VI Molecular Biology Workshop of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists in Cali, Colombia (June 23-27, 2008) is given. The papers and discussion at the combined workshops presented the latest research concerning sugarcane pathology and molecular biology by the world’s scientists in these areas.
Technical Abstract: The IX Pathology Workshop and VI Molecular Biology Workshop of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) were organised jointly and hosted by the Colombian Sugarcane Research Centre (CENICAÑA) from 23-27 June 2008 at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Cali, Colombia. The Workshop was well attended by 44 participants, with 39 of them coming from overseas - Argentina (4), Australia (4), Brazil (3), Ecuador (1), France (3), Guadeloupe (2), Guatemala (2), India (2), Mauritius (2), Nicaragua (2), Panama (1), South Africa (2), USA (9), Venezuela (1) and Zimbabwe (1) - and 5 from Colombia. Plenary presentations were: ‘Biofuel production in Colombia and the role of research organisations’ presented by the General Director of CENICAÑA, Dr Alvaro Amaya Estévez; ‘Will transgenics have a role in the improvement of commercial sugarcane varieties?’ by Dr Erik Mirkov of Texas A&M University, USA - and ‘Nutritional genomics to fight micronutrient deficiencies’ by Dr Joe Tohme, Leader of agro biodiversity and biotechnology at CIAT, Colombia. The theme of the Workshop was ‘Advances and Challenges in Sugarcane Biotechnology and Plant Pathology’. The first three days were devoted to oral presentations and a poster session while, during the last two days, site visits were organized. Altogether 37 oral presentations and 10 posters were presented.