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Bean Bacterial Wilt

Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens

Curtobacterium faciens

Photo by D. Caffier, Lab. National de la Protection des Végétaux, Bugwood.org

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Bacterial wilt of beans (Curtobacterium flaccumfaciens pv. flaccumfaciens) is a seed-borne disease that affects dry edible or common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).  This disease can cause dramatic decrease in yield in affected fields, and up to 10% of seeds from those fields may be infected.  If seeds are infected, seed-certification of the field will be lost due to a zero tolerance policy for bacterial bean wilt.  In the past it has been found in Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming.  It was not found in Wyoming in 2007.

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