Pokkah Boeng: An Emerging Disease of Sugarcane
- *Corresponding Author:
- Pradeep Kumar
Department of Biotechnology Engineering
Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Beer Sheva-84105, Israel
E-mail: [email protected]/[email protected]
Received date: January 30, 2013; Accepted date: March 21, 2013; Published date: March 26, 2013
Citation: Vishwakarma SK, Kumar P, Nigam A, Singh A, Kumar A (2013) Pokkah Boeng: An Emerging Disease of Sugarcane. J Plant Pathol Microb 4: 170. doi:10.4172/2157-7471.1000170
Copyright: © 2013 Vishwakarma SK, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Sugarcane is one of the most important crops for the sugar production in India and Uttar Pradesh (UP) is the top on sugarcane while second in sugar production. Many biotic and abiotic stresses affected the sugarcane production among the reported diseases of sugarcane; Pokkah boeng is now playing a very important role due to its economic threats in UP. Recent survey during 2007-13 showed increasing trend of disease incidence and most of the commercial cultivars affected by the disease ranged from 1%-90%. Although Pokkah boeng comes under minor concern but these days it is going to be major on basis of their rapid epidemiology during last few years. Nowadays, the incidence and severity of Pokkah boeng disease has been reported from major sugarcane growing states like Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Bihar in India and other sugarcane growing
countries. Keeping in view the seriousness of the problem, the present review summarise the distribution, establish a suitable genetic base and disease management practices through various approaches.