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Species Capsicum annuum
Crop Pepper
Pest Scientific Name Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. carotovorum
Additional Info
Complementary Info Synonym: Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora
Type Bacterium
Pest Classification Is seed a pathway in this crop? Pathway not proven
Main literature references 1-81
Remarks P. carotovorum subsp carotovorum is the causal agent of bacterial soft of pepper fruit. One reference found indicating seed as a pathway for P. carotovorum subsp carotovorum on pepper. The bacterium was isolated from commercial seed sources, however, no history of the treatment of the seed lots was noted. Surface sterilization removed the bacterium from the seed indicating only surface contamination. No other references found indicating seed as a pathway for P. carotovorum subsp carotovorum on pepper. A quality systems approach in production of the seeds by crop inspections and careful selection of healthy fruits should reduce the chances of seed contamination. Commercial seed harvesting (avoiding symptomatic fruit), cleaning and sanitization would reduce the potential for seed contamination.
Detection Is there a seed test? Yes
If yes, type of test Seed wash
Main literature references 1-81
Remarks Test described in publication, however, the method has not been validated.
Risk mitigation Can the pest be managed by seed treatment(s)? Yes
If yes, what type(s) Chemical (seed disinfection)
Main literature references 1-81
Remarks The reference indicates treatment of seed with 1% sodium hypochlorite is effective in eliminating the bacterium.

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