Pectobacterium and Dickeya: Environment to Disease Development

I.K. Toth*, Marie-Anne Barny, M.B. Brurberg, G. Condemine, R.L. Czajkowski, J.G. Elphinstone, V. Helias, Steven B. Johnson, Lucy N. Moleleki, Minna Pirhonen, Simeon Rossmann, L. Tsror, J.E. van der Waals, J.M. van der Wolf, Frédérique van Gijsegem, Iris Yedidia

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The soft rot Pectobacteriaceae (SRP) infect a wide range of plants worldwide and cause economic damage to crops and ornamentals but can also colonize other plants as part of their natural life cycle. They are found in a variety of environmental niches, including water, soil and insects, where they may spread to susceptible plants and cause disease. In this chapter, we look in detail at the plants colonized and infected by these pathogens and at the diseases and symptoms they cause. We also focus on where in the environment these organisms are found and their ability to survive and thrive there. Finally, we present evidence that SRP may assist the colonization of human enteric pathogens on plants, potentially implicating them in aspects of human/animal as well as plant health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant Diseases Caused by Dickeya and Pectobacterium Species
EditorsFrédérique Van Gijsegem, Jan M. van der Wolf, Ian K. Toth
ISBN (Electronic)9783030614591
ISBN (Print)9783030614584
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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