From leaf spots through to wilting, cankers, and wet rot.
Bacterial diseases occur in virtually all agricultural and horticultural crops. The symptoms may – depending on crop and pathogen – range from leaf spots through to wilting, cankers, and wet rot. Many of these diseases cause serious problems such as blackleg in potato and bacterial canker in tomato. Products for the control of bacterial diseases in plants, however, are hardly available. Our research focuses on development of diagnostic tools based onmolecular and microbial techniques to prevent disease outbreaks.We also carry out research into the way in which the bacterium infects the plant, reproduces in the crop, and subsequently spreads itself, e.g., by planting material, insects and through aerosols. In our research we are using bacteria with a green fluorescent label. Finally, research is being carried out into the possibility to control the pathogen with bacteriophages and antagonists.