Division of Crop Protection

Our services run deep and are backed by over ten years of experience.

Goal : Increase productivity and profitability of the sugar industry through maintaining pest and disease-free plantations.



Priority Areas

  • Evaluation of sugarcane varieties for resistance to major sugarcane pests and diseases
  • Prevention of introduction of alien pests and diseases
  • Evaluation of pest and diseases in sugarcane plantations
  • Biological control of the Sugarcane Wooly Aphid
  • Development of serological and molecular techniques to detect the causal organisms of the major sugarcane diseases
  • Development of more efficient techniques for the screening of pest and disease reactions
  • Provision of crop protection services

Significant Outputs

  • Development of an integrated pest management (IPM) practices for sugarcane pests.
  • Biological control of sugarcane plant hopper, Pyrilla perpusilla by introducing a parasitoid, Epiricania melanoleuca from Pakistan.
  • Management of sugarcane woolly aphid through augmentation of an indigenous moth,Dipha aphidivora.
  • Use of natural enemies of sugarcane woolly aphid for the biological control programme and mass rearing for their augmentation and conservation.
  • Recommendations of optimum hot-water treatment method to eliminate sugarcane sett-borne diseases
  • Recommendations for management of sugarcane white leaf (WLD)/grassy shoot diseases (GSD)
  • Identification of WLD/GSD causal phyto-plasma and its vector


  • Regular pest and disease surveys.
  • Instruction to the sugarcane growers.
  • Pest and disease control work.
  • Supply of bio-control agents etc.