Fact sheet: Managing blackleg in potatoes
Looking for ways to manage blackleg in potato crops?
This fact sheet provides information on management strategies, the bacteria which commonly cause the disease and what you can do to prevent and manage it.
Blackleg on potato can be caused by either Pectobacterium or Dickeya species, and they often work together in different combinations to cause this disease.
Both bacteria species belonging to the Pectobacteriaceae family.
In Australia, bacteria causing Blackleg was previously classified as Erwinia species.
This resource was produced as part of Program approach for pest and disease potato industry investments (PT17002), a strategic levy investment funded by Hort Innovation under the Fresh Potato and Potato Processing Funds, and delivered by RM Consulting Group.