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Southern Bacterial Wilt

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Southern Bacterial Wilt -
Scientific Name:
Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (CABI)
Pseudomonas solanacearum (CABI)
Common Name:
Southern bacterial wilt (SBW), potato brown rot
Potato brown wilt, symptoms, leaf scorching - Jean L. Williams-Woodward University of Georgia
Native To:
Possibly the Andean highlands of South America (Champoiseau et al. 2010)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
First detected on imported geraniums in 1999 (Champoiseau et al. 2010)
Means of Introduction:
Contaminated imported plant stock (Champoiseau et al. 2010)
Disease of geraniums and solanaceous crops (potatoes are particularly susceptible to this race of the disease) (Champoiseau et al. 2010)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status


Selected Resources

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European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.
Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.
North Central Integrated Pest Management Center.
See also: Pest Alerts for more resources

Federal Government

USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

International Government

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

State and Local Government

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey.
See also: Pest Alerts for more resources
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey.
See also: Fruit and Vegetable Invaders for more fact sheets


Louisiana State University. AgCenter Research and Extension.
Publication 3052
See also: Plant Diagnostic Center - Publications for more resources
University of Massachusetts - Amherst. UMass Extension. Greenhouse Crops & Floriculture Program.
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.