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From Life Cycle of Bacterial Wilt Caused by Erwinia tracheiphila Factsheet

Beetles feed on, and contaminate cucurbit plants with bacteria. Bacteria are deposited with the insect feces on leaf wounds.

Photo courtesy of T.A. Zitter, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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Link to Factsheet of the Life Cycle of Bacterial Wilt Caused by Erwinia tracheiphila

Link to the Bacterial Wilt of Cucurbits "Signature Symptoms" Factsheet

Refer also to Cucumber Beetles, Corn Rootworms, and Bacterial Wilt in Cucurbit factsheet