Volume 13 Part 1 Article 63: Bacterial soft rot of Agaricus bitorquis

Volume 13 Part 1 Article 63
Year 1991
Title: Bacterial soft rot of Agaricus bitorquis
Authors: R.T. Atkey, T.R. Fermor and S.E. Lincoln

Abstract:

Sporophores of the edible mushroom Agaricus bitorquis are subject to attack by Pseudomonas gladioli p.v. agaricicola which causes bacterial soft rot disease. The disease is manifested by the rapid development of deep oozing lesions on the pileal surface which renders the mushroom unmarketable. The rate of bacterial colony growth and lesion development from an applied microdroplet of known bacterial concentration is demonstrated by scanning electron microscopy. Observations are also made on the method by which the bacteria attach to the fungal cells.

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