Erwinia carotovara subsp. atroseptica and Psuedomonas marginalis in Soft Rotted Bell Peppers. P. C. Vincelli, Department of Plant Pathology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. . R. A. Cappellini. Department of Plant Pathology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. NJ 08903.. Plant Dis. 68:167. Accepted for publication 10 October 1983.. Copyright 1984 The American Phytopathological Society. DOI: 10.1094/PD-68-167a.
Bacteria other than Erwinia carotovora subsp. coxotovora Dye (Ecc) can be involved in bacterial soft rot of bell peppers (Capsicum annuum L.). Miller-Schroth medium and FPA agar were used to isolate erwinias and fluorescent pseudomonads, respectively, from decayed bell peppers in shipments originating in Florida. New Jersey, California, and the Netherlands. Ecc was detected in 60%, E. carotovora subsp. Atroseptica (Hellmers & Dowson) Dye (Eta) in 4%, and Pseudomonas marginalis (Brown) Stevens (Pmar) in 3%. In pathogenicity tests, Eca and Ecc were equally virulent on pepper and Pmar was less virulent than either.