Bacterial wilt of Cantaloupe – Vegetable Crops Hotline

Bacterial wilt of Cantaloupe

bacterial wilt of cantaloupe

Figure 1: The wilted and collapsed area on the margin of this leaf is due to bacterial wilt of cantaloupe. Note also the areas of the leaf eaten by cucumber beetles.

Cucumber damage to cantaloupe leaf

Figure 2: Cucumber beetles have eaten this cantaloupe leaf. If insect frass enters the eaten area, bacterial wilt may result.

Bacterial wilt test

Figure 3: Quick field test for possible bacterial wilt. Stringy, viscous sap may indicate presence of E. tracheiphila, causal pathogen of bacterial wilt.

bacterial wilt on cantaloupe

Figure 4: General wilt of cantaloupe caused by bacterial wilt.

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