The preferred hosts of E. tracheiphila are in the cucurbit family (wild and cultivated species), of which cucumbers are “the most susceptible host, followed by. Erwinia tracheiphila is the causal agent of bacterial wilt of cucurbits, an economically important phytopathogen affecting few cultivated. E. tracheiphila induces severe wilting symptoms in many wild and cultivated cucurbits, especially cucumber (Cucumis sativa) and musk melon (Cucumis melo ).

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Continuing to use www. If you would like to, you can learn more about the cookies we use. Once infected, there is no remedy; plants may not show wilt symptoms for several weeks. The first symptoms consist of dull-green patches that become progressively flaccid in sunny weather.

Initially, wilting may be confined to a portion of a leaf but eventually spreads throughout the entire leaf, to other leaves on a branch and subsequently throughout the plant Walker, Fruit is rarely harvestable on plants that show wilt symptoms because the fruit is of such poor quality as to be unmarketable.


A diagnostic procedure for determining bacterial wilt Latin, is to cut the stem, bring the two cut pieces back together and slowly pull apart.

Erwinia tracheiphila (Bacterial wilt of cucurbits) – Bugwoodwiki

A white, viscous string is indicative of the disease. Current strategies to control bacterial wilt of cucurbits rely on reducing vector numbers with weekly applications of insecticides after striped cucumber beetles are first observed Foster, Studies have focused on refining decision-making with regard to insecticide application Brust et al. Because of differential host preferences by striped cucumber beetles, commercial cantaloupe cultivars were found to vary significantly in susceptibility to beetle feeding, and subsequently bacterial infection Brust and Rane, Contemporary research has focused on plant growth promoting rhizobacteria to reduce feeding by beetle vectors and the spread of E.

In field trials, vector control using this technique outperformed an insecticidal approach Zehnder et al. Others such as, Yardim et al.

Field cucumber beetle populations were suppressed significantly following vermicompost treatments. Other management tactics investigated to reduce the impact of bacterial wilt in cucurbits include host-plant resistance Burst and Rane,trap crops Pair,plastic mulches Necibi et al.


Although severity of bacterial wilt varies seasonally and among fields, it has caused nearly complete crop failures, especially in cucumber and traccheiphila melon Rand and Enlows, ; Sherf and MacNab, The impact of bacterial wilt in more tolerant cucurbits is substantially less Brust, b.

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Bacterial wilt of cucurbits Erwinia tracheiphila. Bacterial wilt Erwinia tracheiphila. Bacterial wilt of cucurbits.