Volume 19 Part 1 Article 95
Title: Monitoring of bacterial diseases of Agaricus bisporus in Serbia
Author: Svetlana Milijašević-Marčić, Biljana Todorović, Miloš Stepanović, Bojan Duduk, Jelena Stepanović, Emil Rekanović, Ivana Potočnik
Button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus (Lange) Imbach) is one of the most common cultivated edible mushrooms in Serbia. Its production is mostly intended for fresh market but although market demands are increasing, it is still at the level of small-scale growers. Unlike fungal pathogens that were thoroughly studied in Serbian mushroom farms (Potočnik et al. 2015), bacterial pathogens in A. bisporus were not studied until 2006 when symptoms resembling brown blotch were observed on several mushroom farms and Pseudomonas tolaasii was reported for the first time (Milijašević-Marčić et al., 2012). Since there are several fluorescent pseudomonads with the ability to cause diseases of A. bisporus (Munsch et al., 2000; Godfrey et al., 2001; Iacobellis, 2011), after these findings, an extensive survey of button mushroom bacterial diseases both in farms and fresh markets was conducted to estimate the presence and identity of mycopathogenic bacteria and to determine the predominant bacterial pathogen in Serbia.