Serratia marcescens (plant pathogen)

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Serratia marcescens symptoms on watermelon (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Edward Sikora, Auburn University
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Serratia marcescens Bizio 1823

The bacterium is characterized by its red colour and causes cucurbit yellow vine disease in North and South America. Affected crops include pumpkin, squash, melon, cotton and watermelon. Infections result in a brown discoloration of the phloem, yellowing and wilting of the leaves as well as final plant collapse.

For details see the respective page in BugwoodWiki.

See also Serratia marcescens (strains antagonistic to plant diseases) and Serratia marcescens (entomopathogenic strains).