Role of Blossoms in Watermelon Seed Infestation by Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli.

@article{Walcott2003RoleOB,
  title={Role of Blossoms in Watermelon Seed Infestation by Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli.},
  author={Ronald R Walcott and Ronald D. Gitaitis and A Carolina Proa{\~n}o Castro},
  journal={Phytopathology},
  year={2003},
  volume={93 5},
  pages={528-34}
}
ABSTRACT The role of watermelon blossom inoculation in seed infestation by Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli was investigated. Approximately 98% (84/87) of fruit developed from blossoms inoculated with 1 x 10(7) or 1 x 10(9) CFU of A. avenae subsp. citrulli per blossom were asymptomatic. Using immunomagnetic separation and the polymerase chain reaction, A. avenae subsp. citrulli was detected in 44% of the seed lots assayed, despite the lack of fruit symptoms. Furthermore, viable colonies were… CONTINUE READING
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