Potato Research

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 229–235 | Cite as

Plant-to-plant transmission of the bacterial ring rot pathogenClavibacter michiganensis subsp.sepedonicus

  • K. Mansfeld-Giese


Plant-to-plant transmission of the bacterial ring rot (BRR) pathogen,Clavibacter michiganensis subsp.sepedonicus (Spieck. et Kott.) Skapt. et Burkh. of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), was studied in field trials over a three year period. Healthy and infected seed tubers were planted 35 cm apart. In one treatment, a subsurface barrier was placed between the healthy and infected seed tubers separating the root systems of neighbouring plants. In this treatment, none of 216 plants grown from healthy seed tubers was infected at harvest, as determined by indirect immunofluorescence antibody staining (IFAS) with monoclonal antibodies. In the other treatment, no subsurface barrier was used. In this treatment, two of 368 plants (0.5%) grown from healthy seed tubers were infected at harvest. It is concluded that plant-to-plant transmission may occur but at very low frequency, and is unlikely to play a significant role compared with the potential of transmission by shared potato handling equipment.

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potato Solanum tuberosum L. bacteria dispersal field trial 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Mansfeld-Giese
    • 1
  1. 1.Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Plant Pathology and Pest ManagementResearch Centre FlakkebjergSlagelseDenmark

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