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Pseudomonas viridiflava
(bacterial leaf blight of tomato (USA))

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Pseudomonas viridiflava (bacterial leaf blight of tomato (USA))

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 01 February 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Pseudomonas viridiflava
  • Preferred Common Name
  • bacterial leaf blight of tomato (USA)
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Bacteria
  •   Phylum: Proteobacteria
  •     Class: Gammaproteobacteria
  •       Order: Pseudomonadales
  •         Family: Pseudomonadaceae

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Symptoms on leaves.
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CopyrightGiorgio M. Balestra Dept. of Plant Protection, University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, Viterbo, Italy
Symptoms on leaves.
SymptomsSymptoms on leaves.Giorgio M. Balestra Dept. of Plant Protection, University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, Viterbo, Italy
Symptoms on buds.
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CaptionSymptoms on buds.
CopyrightGiorgio M. Balestra Dept. of Plant Protection, University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, Viterbo, Italy
Symptoms on buds.
SymptomsSymptoms on buds.Giorgio M. Balestra Dept. of Plant Protection, University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, Viterbo, Italy

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Pseudomonas viridiflava (Burkholder 1930) Dowson 1939

Preferred Common Name

  • bacterial leaf blight of tomato (USA)

Other Scientific Names

  • Bacterium viridiflavum (Burkholder) Burgvits 1935
  • Chlorobacter viridiflavus (Burkholder) Patel & Kulkarni 1951
  • Phytomonas viridiflava Burkholder 1930

International Common Names

  • English: bacterial blossom blight of kiwi (New Zealand); bacterial leaf necrosis of basil (USA); bacterial rot of Chinese cabbage (Korea Republic); bacterial rot of lettuce (Korea Republic); bacterial soft rot of tomato (USA, Crete); Hydrangea bud blight (USA)
  • French: dépérissement bactérien de l'abricotier

Local Common Names

  • Greece/Crete: bacterial soft rot of tomato
  • Italy: marciume molle di pomodoro

EPPO code

  • PSDMVF (Pseudomonas viridiflava)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Bacteria
  •     Phylum: Proteobacteria
  •         Class: Gammaproteobacteria
  •             Order: Pseudomonadales
  •                 Family: Pseudomonadaceae
  •                     Genus: Pseudomonas
  •                         Species: Pseudomonas viridiflava

Distribution Table

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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.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

Asia

ChinaPresentYoung and Fletcher, 1997; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-GansuPresentWang et al., 2015
-HebeiPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-HunanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-YunnanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
IranPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004; Alimi et al., 2011
JapanPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-HonshuPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-KyushuPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Ryukyu ArchipelagoPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-ShikokuPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
JordanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Korea, Republic ofPresentChoi, 1989; Choi and Kim, 1989; CABI/EPPO, 2004
NepalPresentShakya and Vinther, 1989; CABI/EPPO, 2004
Saudi ArabiaPresentIbrahim and Molan, 2010
TurkeyPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004

Africa

AlgeriaPresentHarzallah et al., 2004
EgyptPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
KenyaPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
MoroccoPresentColin, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
TanzaniaPresentYoung and Fletcher, 1997; CABI/EPPO, 2004
UgandaPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004

North America

USAPresentYoung and Fletcher, 1997; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-CaliforniaPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-FloridaPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-GeorgiaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-IllinoisPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-New YorkPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-OregonPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-WashingtonPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004

South America

ArgentinaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
BrazilPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-Minas GeraisPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
-PernambucoPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
UruguayPresentPérez et al., 2004
VenezuelaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004

Europe

BelgiumPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
BulgariaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Czech RepublicPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
FrancePresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
GermanyPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
GreecePresentAlivizatos, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004; Sarris et al., 2012
HungaryPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004; Végh et al., 2012
ItalyPresentFiori et al., 1982; CABI/EPPO, 2004
MacedoniaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
NetherlandsPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
PolandPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
PortugalPresentCABI/EPPO, 2004
Russian FederationPresentPekhtereva et al., 2009
SerbiaPresentPopovic et al., 2015
SlovakiaPresentKudela & Trynerova, 1987; CABI/EPPO, 2004
SpainPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
SwitzerlandPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
UKPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
Yugoslavia (former)PresentArsenijevic, 1990; CABI/EPPO, 2004
Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro)PresentCABI/EPPO, 2004

Oceania

AustraliaPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-New South WalesPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
-QueenslandPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004
New ZealandPresentBradbury, 1986; CABI/EPPO, 2004

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / lesions: on pods
Fruit / lesions: scab or pitting
Leaves / abnormal colours
Leaves / necrotic areas
Stems / canker on woody stem
Stems / discoloration of bark

Plant Trade

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Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transportPest stagesBorne internallyBorne externallyVisibility of pest or symptoms
Bark Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Flowers/Inflorescences/Cones/Calyx Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Fruits (inc. pods) Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Leaves Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants Yes Yes Pest or symptoms usually invisible
Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
True seeds (inc. grain) Yes Pest or symptoms usually invisible
Wood Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes
Growing medium accompanying plants
Roots

References

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Albu, S., Lai, M., Woods, P. W., Kumagai, L. B., 2018. First report of Pseudomonas viridiflava as the causal agent of bacterial leaf spot of Mexican heather in California. Plant Disease, 102(12), 2633-2634. http://apsjournals.apsnet.org/loi/pdis doi: 10.1094/PDIS-03-18-0405-PDN

Alimi M, Rahimian H, Hassanzadeh N, Darzi MT, Ahmadikhah A, Heydari A, Balestra GM, 2011. First detection of Pseudomonas viridiflava, the causal agent of blossom blight in apple by using specific designed primers. African Journal of Microbiology Research, 5(26):4708-4713. http://www.academicjournals.org/ajmr/abstracts/abstracts/abstract%202011/16Nov/Alimi%20et%20al.htm

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Arsenijevic M, 1990. Bacteria causing cauliflower and lettuce head rot in Yugoslavia. Zastita Bilja, 41(1):21-29

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CABI/EPPO, 2004. Pseudomonas viridiflava. Distribution Maps of Plant Diseases, No. 917. Wallingford, UK: CAB International

Caruso P, Catara V, 1996. First report of Pseudomonas viridiflava leaf spot of red-leaved chicory. Plant Disease, 80(6):710; 1 ref

Choi JE, 1989. Identification of bacteria causing rot disease of vegetables in the fields and post-harvest period in Korea. I. Bacterial rot disease of Chinese cabbage. Korean Journal of Plant Pathology, 5(1):20-24

Choi JE, Kim HY, 1989. Identification of bacteria causing rot disease of vegetables in the fields and post-harvest period in Korea IV. Bacterial rot disease of lettuce. Korean Journal of Plant Pathology, 5(1):65-71

Colin JE, 1986. Identification and characterization of Pseudomonas viridiflava (Burkholder) Dowson isolated from greasy cankers of wilting tomato plants in Morocco. Parasitica, 42(3):93-95

Fiori M, Carta C, Franceschini A, 1982. Soft rot of tomatoes due to Pseudomonas viridiflava (Burkholder) Dowson. Studi Sassaresi, III, 29:441-447

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Goto M, Matsumoto K, 1986. Taxonomic study on soft rot bacteria isolated from diseased rhizomes and roots of wasabi (Eutrema wasabi Maxim.). Annals of the Phytopathological Society of Japan, 52(1):69-77

Harzallah D, Sadallah S, Larous L, 2004. Characterization of Pseudomonas pathovars isolated from rosaceous fruit trees in East Algeria. Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences [56th International Symposium on Crop Protection, Gent, Belgium, 4 May 2004. Part II.], 69(4):443-447. http://fltbwww.rug.ac.be/

Hu FP, Young JM, Fletcher MJ, 1998. Preliminary description of biocidal (syringomycin) activity in fluorescent plant pathogenic Pseudomonas species. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 85(2):365-371; 27 ref

Ibrahim Y, Molan Y, 2010. Occurrence of bacterial leaf spot disease on lettuce caused by Pseudomonas viridiflava in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Plant Pathology, 59(2):402. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/ppa

Jones JB, Jones JP, 1984. Leaf blight of bell pepper in Florida incited by Pseudomonas viridiflava. Plant Disease, 68(11):1016

Kersters K, Ludwig W, Vancanneyt M, Vos Pde, Gillis M, Schleifer KH, 1996. Recent changes in the classification of the pseudomonads: an overview. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 19(4):465-477; 91 ref

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Kohn S, Krebs EK, 1990. Pseudomonas viridiflava Dowson causing rot on Chrysanthemum indicum hybrids. Nachrichtenblatt des Deutschen Pflanzenschutzdienstes, 42(2):29-30

Kudela V, Trynerova E, 1987. Occurrence of bacterial blight of coriander. Sbornik UVTIZ, Ochrana Rostlin, 23(1):9-16

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Little EL, Gilbertson RL, Koike ST, 1994. First report of Pseudomonas viridiflava causing a leaf necrosis on basil. Plant Disease, 78(8):831

Liu ChangYuan, Zhao KuiHua, Fu JunFan, Miao ZeYan, Liang ChunHao, Wang Hui, Wang Ping, 2009. Phylogenetic analysis of Pseudomonas viridiflava CU-PV 07 and establishment of PCR detection method. Journal of Shenyang Agricultural University, 40(4):421-425

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