Bacterial wilt is a common occurrence in commercial cucurbit fields and residential gardens. It is a potentially destructive disease that can result in complete crop loss even before the first harvest.
This newly revised publication provides information on cucurbit hosts, symptoms, signs, cause, disease development, and management. Instructions on how to use a bacterial ooze test for field diagnosis is also included.
Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits (PPFS-VG-11) is available online.
For additional publications on vegetable diseases, visit the UK Plant Pathology Extension Publications webpage.
By Cheryl Kaiser, Plant Pathology Extension Support and Nicole Gauthier, Plant Pathology Extension Specialist