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I am grateful to the late Dr. Satoshi Wakimoto (Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University) and the late Dr. Koichi Asaga (former Director General, National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, former Sakata Seed Corporation) for their useful guidance and cooperation in these project research. I thank all members of seed companies, prefectural agricultural research centers, and NARO, which contributed to the successful completion of the research projects in which I was involved. We thank the Yokohama Plant Protection Station of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Japan Seed Trade Association and its member seed companies, for their advice and cooperation. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the late Dr. Tokito Tominaga and Dr. Makoto Kojima of Niigata University for their guidance and for opening the way for me to work as a researcher in plant pathology and crop diseases.
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Shirakawa, T. Studies on control of seed borne bacterial vegetable disease: studies on epidemiology and control of cucurbits bacterial fruit blotch. J Gen Plant Pathol 87, 408–412 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10327-021-01034-5