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By Doug Phillips
Blueberry Extension Coordinator
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Bacterial Wilt of Southern Highbush Blueberry Caused by Ralstonia solanacearum

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Philip F. Harmon, Carrie Harmon, and Dave Norman


Bacterial wilt is a newly discovered disease of blueberry in Florida. Symptoms of the disease are similar to those caused by Xylella and bacterial scorch. Plants with bacterial wilt will show signs of water stress such as wilting and marginal leaf burn. Plants with bacterial wilt may also be prone to developing severe symptoms of other stress diseases, such as stem blight, in the affected patches and thus may show symptoms of both diseases.

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