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From Life Cycle of Bacterial Wilt Caused by Erwinia tracheiphila Factsheet

Bacteria spread to adjacent vessels through dissolved cell wall, clogging vessels of the plant and causing discoloration of the xylem vessels.

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