Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Lettuce soft rot (289)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Worldwide distribution. A soil bacterium; common on cabbage, celery, carrot, Chinese cabbage, potato, and more.
  • Infection via wounds at planting/harvest, and by insects.
  • Large brown slimy areas on outer leaves, affecting the 'head' and stem, causing wilts and soft rots in field in wet, warm weather. Rots occur in transit and storage.
  • Spread by rain splash, knives and insects.
  • Cultural control: raised beds to improve drainage; straw/grass mulch; space plants; care when weeding; remove diseased plants; disinfect (bleach) knives used for trimming plants at harvest; avoid harvesting when wet; store at 4ÂșC; collect, burn/bury debris; 2-3-year crop rotation.
  • Chemical control: none recommended.

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