Pest of the month: Bacterial wilt

Month: June 2017

Pest of the month: Bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum)

Category name: Bacteria

Importance: Emergency disease: No, however not found in Western Australia.

Symptoms: The bacterium that causes bacterial wilt is a xylem vessel coloniser which produces cell wall degrading enzymes. The pathogen multiplies rapidly in the vascular tissue and fills xylem with bacterial cells and slime, thus preventing water uptake. More