Burkholderia caryophylli (bacterial wilt of carnation)
- Taxonomic Tree
- Notes on Taxonomy and Nomenclature
- Distribution Table
- Risk of Introduction
- Hosts/Species Affected
- Host Plants and Other Plants Affected
- Growth Stages
- List of Symptoms/Signs
- Biology and Ecology
- Means of Movement and Dispersal
- Plant Trade
- Detection and Inspection
- Similarities to Other Species/Conditions
- Prevention and Control
- Distribution Maps
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IdentityTop of page
Preferred Scientific Name
- Burkholderia caryophylli (Burkholder) Yabuuchi et al.
Preferred Common Name
- bacterial wilt of carnation
Other Scientific Names
- Phytomonas caryophylli Burkholder
- Pseudomonas caryophylli (Burkholder) Starr & Burkholder
International Common Names
- English: bacterial stem crack of carnation; carnation: bacterial stem crack; carnation: bacterial wilt
- Spanish: chancro bacteriano del clavel
- French: chancre bacterien de l'oeillet
Local Common Names
- Germany: Bakterien-: Nelke Stengelriss; Welkekrankheit: Nelke; Wurzelfäule der Nelken
- PSDMCA (Burkholderia caryophylli)
Taxonomic TreeTop of page
- Domain: Bacteria
- Phylum: Proteobacteria
- Class: Betaproteobacteria
- Order: Burkholderiales
- Family: Burkholderiaceae
- Genus: Burkholderia
- Species: Burkholderia caryophylli
Notes on Taxonomy and NomenclatureTop of page
The combination Burkholderia caryophylli was proposed without examination of the type strain of Pseudomonas caryophylli and therefore was not valid when first published. This defect can be taken to have been corrected in subsequent studies (Urakami et al., 1994; Gillis et al., 1995).
Willems and Vandamme (2003) published a taxonomic overview of the phytopathogenic ex-Pseudomonas species of rRNA groups II and III.
DescriptionTop of page
B. caryophylli is a straight or slightly curved rod with rounded ends, occurring singly or in pairs; it is aerobic, non-sporing, motile with one or several polar flagella, Gram-negative, sudanophilic, 0.35-0.95 x 1.05-3.18 µm.
In PDA culture, colonies are round, smooth and shining with regular margins: while cream-coloured at first, colonies darken with age. On nutrient agar, growth is slow and cells die rapidly; subculturing is not possible after about a week.
DistributionTop of page
A record of B. caryophylli in Colombia (CABI/EPPO, 2006) published in previous editions of the Compendium was erroneous and has been removed. B. caryophylli is a quarantine pest in Colombia (Instituto Colombiano Agropecuario, 2013).
See also CABI/EPPO (1998, No. 251).
Distribution TableTop of page
The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
Risk of IntroductionTop of page
B. caryophylli is an EPPO A2 quarantine pest (OEPP/EPPO, 1978), in view of the limited number of EPPO countries in which it has been reported, and the fact that it is readily carried on cuttings in international trade. However, the lack of recent publications on this organism and the disease it causes indicate that its importance is now very minor. It is also of quarantine significance for JUNAC.
Hosts/Species AffectedTop of page
Carnations are the main host. However, Dianthus barbatus and D. allwoodii can be infected through artificial inoculation. In Florida, USA, and Japan, Limonium sinuatum is also reported to be infected (Jones and Engelhard, 1984; Nishiyama et al., 1988).
Host Plants and Other Plants AffectedTop of page
|Dianthus caryophyllus (carnation)||Caryophyllaceae||Main|
|Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus (cut flower crop))||Gentianaceae||Other|
|Gypsophila paniculata (baby’s breath)||Caryophyllaceae||Other|
|Helianthus annuus (sunflower)||Asteraceae||Other|
|Limonium sinuatum (sea pink)||Plumbaginaceae||Other|
Growth StagesTop of page Flowering stage, Vegetative growing stage
SymptomsTop of page
Symptoms may take 2-3 years to manifest themselves, particularly when cuttings are mildly infected and maintained at relatively low temperatures. Foliage becomes greyish-green, later yellowing and wilting and then death may occur.
In stems, at soil temperatures below about 17°C, a rapid multiplication of cells leads to tension around the vessels and longitudinal, internodal stem cracks appear, usually at the base of the plant, and later develop into deep cankers. Initially, this cracking is very similar to the physiological cracking observed in certain cultivars. However, in pathogen-induced cracks, a brownish-yellow bacterial slime is visible, often overgrown with saprophytic fungi such as Mycosphaerella tassiana. In some cases, the extrusions from the cankers leave the stems hollow. At 20-25°C, cankers are more rare and wilting is the common symptom. Visual observation of peeled stems reveals sticky, brownish-yellow, narrow or broad, longitudinal stripes in the vascular tissue; in cross section, these appear as irregular brownish spots with a water-soaked margin.
Roots of infected plants, once wilting occurs, are more or less rotten, the plants being easily pulled out of the soil and, on cutting, roots show discontinuous brown spots which distinguish the disease from that caused by Phialophora cinerescens which leaves the roots apparently symptomless (EPPO/CABI, 1996a).
Plants may survive about 1-2 months, but secondary invasion by fungi, such as Fusarium spp., accelerates death. Heavily infected cuttings wilt and die before roots are formed. For more information, see Dimock (1950), Hellmers (1958), Lemattre et al. (1964), Garibaldi (1967), Lemattre (1969) and Saddler (1994).
List of Symptoms/SignsTop of page
|Leaves / abnormal colours|
|Roots / soft rot of cortex|
|Stems / gummosis or resinosis|
Biology and EcologyTop of page
The bacterium can only enter plants through wounds, and subsequently colonizes the vascular system of the stem and roots. The primary infection source is infected cuttings taken from mother plants with a latent infection. Bacteria can pass from one cutting to another in the water of the propagating bed or, if the cuttings are held in water, before planting out. The observed slow, scattered spread of the disease indicates that spread occurs only from one root system to another. Bacterial slime is exposed when stems crack and this inoculum may be transferred from one plant to another. Temperatures over 20°C accelerate bacterial growth and therefore symptom expression, while at low temperatures infected plants may show no symptoms. For more information, see Dowson (1929), Burkholder (1942), Dimock (1950), Hellmers (1958), Garibaldi (1967).
Means of Movement and DispersalTop of page
The natural spread of the pathogen is very slow and over extremely short distances. The main path of distribution is by means of infected cuttings which may be obtained from infected but symptomless mother plants.
Plant TradeTop of page
|Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transport||Pest stages||Borne internally||Borne externally||Visibility of pest or symptoms|
|Leaves||Yes||Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope|
|Roots||Yes||Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye|
|Seedlings/Micropropagated plants||Yes||Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope|
|Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches||Yes||Pest or symptoms not visible to the naked eye but usually visible under light microscope|
|Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport|
|Fruits (inc. pods)|
|Growing medium accompanying plants|
|True seeds (inc. grain)|
ImpactTop of page
B. caryophylli has caused serious damage in the USA since its first report in 1940. Only minor losses occur in Europe and the Mediterranean region at present (EPPO/CABI, 1996c).
Detection and InspectionTop of page
To make a reliable diagnosis, many old and young stems should be examined and isolations made from diseased tissue. Microscopic observation of stem sections shows neoformations around infected vessels, plugging of vessels, hyperlignification of their walls and necrosis. Since latent infections on cuttings cannot be readily detected, cuttings should be kept at a relatively high temperature to ensure maximum symptom expression. The bacterium can be reliably detected by immunofluorescence staining (IFAS) and direct isolation even in material with latent infection (Muratore et al., 1986). B. caryophylli has also been detected from inoculated carnation by PCR and LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) (Kazushi et al., 2005).
Similarities to Other Species/ConditionsTop of page
To make a reliable diagnosis, many old and young stems should be examined and isolations made from diseased tissue. Microscopic observation of stem sections shows neoformations around infected vessels, plugging of vessels, hyperlignification of their walls and necrosis. Since latent infections on cuttings cannot be readily detected by direct observation, cuttings should be kept at a relatively high temperature to ensure maximum symptom expression.
Both B. caryophylli and Dickeya chrysanthemi, the slow wilt-pathogen, can be latently transmitted in cuttings taken from infected mother plants. Differences in symptom expression are evident (Bazzi et al., 1987), however in both cases early detection is desirable (Minardi et al., 1988). Both bacteria can be detected by immunofluorescence staining (IFAS) and direct isolation even in material with latent infection (Muratore et al., 1986). For more information, see EPPO/CABI (1996b, c).
The carnation strain of D. chrysanthemi (EPPO/CABI, 1996b), which causes a similar disease, is readily distinguishable in nutrient agar culture by its rapid growth of greyish-white, lobate colonies. In addition, internal symptoms of the two diseases are different.
In addition, Burkholderia andropogonis, also a pathogen of carnation, though generally considered to be foliar rather than systemic, can be detected using serological methods. Whilst this method is effective the specific monoclonal antibody developed was shown to possess cross-reactivity with B. caryophylli (Li et al., 1993).
Prevention and ControlTop of page
Due to the variable regulations around (de)registration of pesticides, your national list of registered pesticides or relevant authority should be consulted to determine which products are legally allowed for use in your country when considering chemical control. Pesticides should always be used in a lawful manner, consistent with the product's label.
There are no direct control measures against B. caryophylli. Disease-free mother plants should be used and rooting beds and soil should be fumigated. In countries where the disease occurs, cuttings should be taken from separately grown mother plants derived from biologically tested, healthy cuttings. EPPO accordingly recommends that consignments should come from a place of production found free from B. caryophylli during the last growing season (OEPP/EPPO, 1990). However, the introduction of an EPPO-recommended certification scheme for carnation (OEPP/EPPO, 1991) provides a satisfactory alternative to such plant quarantine requirements.
Breeding of resistant cultivars is another strategy to control the disease (Onozaki et al., 1998, 1999). RAPD markers associated with genes controlling wilt resistance have been identified (Onozaki et al., 2003, 2004).
ReferencesTop of page
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