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Sugarcane eye spot (305)

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  • Widespread distribution. On sugarcane, and related grass weeds. A minor fungal disease of commercial sugarcane varieties.
  • Seedling blights, and spots on the leaves (eyespots) parallel to the veins, oval, 12 mm long x 6 mm wide, reddish with pale yelow halo. Reddish-brown to yellow streaks above the eyespots, called 'runners' caused by toxins.
  • Spread is by spores produced in the eyespots blown in wind and rain.  
  • Cultural control: varietal control is the only recommendation.
  • Chemical control: fungicides are not recommended.
Common Name

Sugarcane eye spot

Scientific Name

Bipolaris sacchari. Previous names are Cercospora sacchari, Drechslera sacchari and Helminthosporium sacchari.

AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Eric McKenzie
Information (and Photo 3) from Philippe Rott, et al. Sugarcane eyespot disease. University of Florida, IFAS Extension ( and from Diseases of Australian sugarcane: Field guide. BSES Limited. Australia. ( Photo 1 MS Irey Diseases, pests, and nonnutritent disorders of sugarcane. The American Phytopathological Society. Photo 2 (taken by Eric McKenzie), and used in this fact sheet, appeared previously in McKenzie E (2013) Bipolaris sacchari. PaDIL - (

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