Blackleg and soft rots pose a serious threat to British potato production and vigilance is required to prevent its introduction and spread.
Bacterial soft rot is known to cause a greater loss of produce than any other known bacterial disease. It can cause heavy losses in stored potatoes if not properly managed. This in turn can provide significant financial implications if not managed correctly.
Fera's plant experts can quickly determine the average tuber inoculum load of soft rotting bacteria in your sample.
A number of bacterial pathogens are capable of causing rots of potato tubers, most importantly during storage of the crop. The pathogen found most frequently in the UK is Pectobacterium carotovorum , but Pectobacterium atrosepticum and Dickeya species may also be involved.Tuber rotting can also develop following infection by the quarantine organisms Ralstonia solanacearum (brown rot) and Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus (ring rot). The majority of growers will, hopefully, never see either of these diseases, but should be aware of their symptoms.
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