FIRST REPORT ON BACTERIAL LEAF BLIGHT OF STRAWBERRY CAUSED BY XANTHOMONAS ARBORICOLA PV FRAGARIAE JANSE et al IN TURKEY
N. Ustun, N.N.A. Tjou-Tam-Sin, J.D. Janse
In the summer of 2004 two bacterial strains were isolated from strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) cv Camarosa propagation plants produced in Turkey. Symptoms including necrotic leaf spots and lesions along leaf margins were incited on primarily symptomless strawberry plants by keeping them in a growing chamber at 20oC and 100% relative humidity. On the basis of biochemical, physiological, serological and PCR tests the bacteria isolated were identified as Xanthomonas arboricola pv. fragariae This is the first report on the bacterial leaf blight pathogen X. arboricola pv. fragariae of strawberry in Turkey.