First report of fire blight disease on blackberry in Turkey.
During 2008 and 2009, a new disease on blackberry cv. Chester causing leaf and shoot blight and cankers with brown discoloration of necrotic tissues on mature branches were observed in Isparta and Konya, Turkey. The pathogen was identified as Erwinia amylovora based on cultural, physiological and pathogenicity tests. This is thought to be the first report of E. amylovora on blackberry in Turkey.