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Transboundary introduction of potato-infecting Ralstonia solanacearum in the Andaman Islands revealed by multilocus sequence typing: A potential threat to island agriculture

8 days ago   |   By Journal of Biosciences

Abstract
Wilting of potato plants with an incidence of 20-30 % was observed for the first time in the agricultural farms of Andaman Islands, India. The infected plants showed wilting syndrome that included downward drooping of leaves, yellowing, and collapse of the entire plants. Characteristic milky-white exudate from the infected stem indicated bacterial etiology of the disease. Upon streaking onto 2, 3, 5 triphenyl-tetrazolium chloride amended nutrient medium, the bacterial exudate yielded characteristic creamy-white, fluidal, irregular colonies with the pink center. Upon inoculation...
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