Pests and Diseases

Dickeya: The North American potato threat

The main bacteria causing potato blackleg and tuber soft rot are Pectobacterium atrosepticum, P. carotovorum subsp. carotovorum, and Dickeya spp., all formerly belonging to the genus Erwinia. Dickeya and Pectobacterium affect a number of host species including potato. These bacteria characteristically produce a range of cell-wall-degrading enzymes that macerate plant tissues on which they nourish. In 2015, a new blackleg pathogen[Read More...]

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