Chemical Disinfection of Potato Cutting Machinery to Avoid Dissemination of Clavibacter sepedonicus

L.H. Stevens, J.Y. Tom, O. Mendes, P.S. van der Zouwen, J.M. van der Wolf*

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A potential cause of the dissemination of the potato ring rot bacterium Clavibacter sepedonicus (Cs) is the use of automated seed potato cutters. The present study focuses on the question of whether disinfection practices are sufficient to prevent the transmission of Cs from contaminated machine parts to a new tuber lot. The disinfection efficacy was determined by establishing the culturability of Cs that remained after spray application of sodium-p-toluenesulfochloramide solution on clean and fouled specimens of machinery material that had been provided with an imprint of Cs biofilm.
Although conventional spraying, with the authorized concentration of sodium-p-toluenesulfochloramide, of inoculated rubber, PVC and lacquered steel led to a substantial decrease of colony forming units, the treatment was insufficient for complete eradication of Cs. The presence of dirt negatively affected the efficacy of the disinfectant.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPotato Research
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jun 2021


  • Lacquered steel
  • PVC
  • Quarantine organism
  • Rubber
  • Sodium-p-toluenesulfochloramide
  • Transport belts


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