Sugarcane Mosaic
Leaves showing contrasting shades of green characteristic of sugarcane mosaic.




How to Cite

Rott, Philippe, Jack C. Comstock, Robert A. Gilbert, and Hardev Sandhu. 2015. “Sugarcane Mosaic: SS-AGR-209/SC009, Rev. 3/2015”. EDIS 2015 (3). Gainesville, FL:3.


Mosaic’s most distinctive symptom is a pattern of contrasting shades of green, often islands of normal green on a background of paler green or yellowish chlorotic areas on the leaf blade. It had not been a problem in Florida until 1996, when it was observed on CP72-2086, a major commercial cultivar, near the intersection of Hatton Highway and US 98. Presently, because of the limited acreage of CP72-2086, the disease is only a potential threat. This revised 3-page fact sheet was written by P. Rott, J. C. Comstock, R. A. Gilbert, and H. S. Sandhu, and published by the UF Department of Agronomy, March 2015. (Photo: Philippe Rott, UF/IFAS)


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