Control of blackleg and tuber soft rot of potato caused by Pectobacterium and Dickeya species: a review

R.L. Czajkowski, M.C.M. Perombelon, J.A. van Veen, J.M. van der Wolf

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    Abstract

    This paper briefly reviews research on the causative agents of blackleg and soft rot diseases of potato, namely Pectobacterium and Dickeya species, and the disease syndrome, including epidemiological and aetiological aspects. It critically evaluates control methods used in practice based on the avoidance of the contamination of plants, in particular the use of seed testing programmes and the application of hygienic procedures during crop production. It considers the perspective of breeding and genetic modification to introduce resistance. It also evaluates the application of physical and chemical tuber treatments to reduce inoculum load and examines the possibility of biocontrol using antagonistic bacteria and bacteriophages.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)999-1013
    JournalPlant Pathology
    Volume60
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • erwinia-carotovora subsp
    • acyl-homoserine lactone
    • van hall dye
    • somatic hybrids
    • diploid potato
    • in-vitro
    • bdellovibrio-bacteriovorus
    • fluorescent pseudomonads
    • minituber production
    • transgenic potatoes

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