Dickeya solani

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Dickeya solani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Bacteria
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gamma Proteobacteria
Order: Enterobacteriales
Family: Enterobacteriaceae
Genus: Dickeya
Species: D. solani
Binomial name
Dickeya solani
van der Wolf et al. 2014[1]

Dickeya solani is a bacterium that causes blackleg and soft rot in potato crops. Its symptoms are often indistinguishable from those caused by Pectobacterium but is more virulent, causing disease from lower levels of inoculum and spreading through the plant more affectively.[2]

It was first discovered in the Netherlands in 2005, before speading rapidly, causing € 25–30 million of damage annually by 2010. Three cases appeared in Scotland in 2009 and one in 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Parte, A.C. "Dickeya". www.bacterio.net. 
  2. ^ Toth, I. K.; Van Der Wolf, J. M.; Saddler, G.; Lojkowska, E.; Hélias, V.; Pirhonen, M.; Tsror Lahkim, L.; Elphinstone, J. G. (2011). "Dickeya species: An emerging problem for potato production in Europe". Plant Pathology. 60 (3): 385. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3059.2011.02427.x. 
  3. ^ William Surman (19 August 2010). "Major new disease threat to potatoes". Farmers Guardian. Archived from the original on 2012-03-18. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 

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