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Dickeya 'What Is It And What Can You Do'

Publication Date: 
13 July 2011

Dickeya spp. (Erwinia chrysanthemi) What it is…and what you can do

The bacteria Dickeya spp. (formerly Erwinia chrysanthemi) and Pectobacterium spp. (formerly Erwinia carotovora) all cause tuber soft rots. Pectobacterium atrosepticum has traditionally been considered the main cause of blackleg in the UK, but in recent years certain Dickeya species have been increasingly found to cause wilts and stem rots in warmer seasons, especially when the temperature rises above 25 ºC.

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