First report of a Pantoea sp.-induced bacterial blight of Pleurotus eryngii in China.
In October 2013, a blight condition was observed on the fruiting bodies of Pleurotus eryngii in Beijing (China). Symptoms began as yellow spots on the stipe surface near the pilei, fruiting bodies became blighted and their growth stopped. Based on biochemical properties, 16S rRNA gene and multilocus sequence analysis, and pathogenicity test, the causal agent was identified as Pantoea sp. Pantoea agglomerans was reported as the causal agent of blight disease of several hosts in many countries. This is thought to be the first report of Pantoea sp.-induced bacterial blight of Pleurotus eryngii in China.