Grassy shoot disease

Symptoms; note tillering. Image CANEGROWERS

Can cause significant yield losses, with some milling areas in Vietnam suffering 50% reductions in yield due to the disease.


  • Excessive tillering that fails to develop into mature stalks.
  • Yellow chlorotic shoots.
  • Shoots may not develop after harvest causing a very patchy ratoon crop.


  • Infected planting material.
  • May be spread by insects.

High priority pest of: Sugarcane

Scientific name: Sugarcane grassy shoot phytoplasma
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: null

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol