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New video series released on bacterial diseases of potato

Potato production in Michigan is ranked seventh (~$200 million) in the U.S. Approximately 70 percent of the potatoes produced in Michigan goes towards chipping. Potato production systems are impacted annually by many recurrent and persistent seedborne and storage diseases. Dickeya and Pectobacterium are closely related bacteria species that cause seed piece decay, blackleg, aerial stem rot and wilt, and tuber soft rot.

A new video series was developed to educate potato growers, stakeholders and the general public about bacterial diseases of potato.

The first video is an overview of diseases caused by soft rot bacteria, the second video is focused on disease management at planting, the third video is focused on management over the growing season and finally disease management at harvest and in storage.

Watch the videos that we publish via YouTube below – or view the videos by clicking on these links:

These educational videos were developed in partnership with the Michigan Potato Industry Commission (MPIC), Michigan Seed Potato AssociationMichigan State University AgBio Research, and MSU Extension. The video is part of a series to provide information on how to better manage diseases of potato caused by soft rot bacteria supported by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, MSU Extension, MPIC, MSU Project GREEEN, MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension.

For more information on disease symptoms, disease cycle and post-harvest management strategies, refer to the MSU Extension bulletin E-3335, “Tuber Soft Rot, Blackleg and Aerial Stem Rot

Follow Noah Rosenzwieg on Twitter @PureMIPlantPath for information on potato disease management.

This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit To contact an expert in your area, visit, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

Report authors:
Noah Rosenzweig and Saltanat Mambetova, Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; James DeDeckerMonica Jean and Frederick SpringbornMichigan State University Extension

Potato Disease Overview

Potato Disease Management: Planting

Potato Disease Management: Growing Season

Potato Disease Management: Harvest/Storage

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