Thursday, February 7, 2008

FW: Looking for Brazilian pepper bacteria

"Murphy, Jeanne L" <> wrote:
Our UF Commercial Horticulture Agent, Jane Morse, needs us to be on the lookout for a possible bacteria on Brazilian peppers. If you see anything like the below description and attached picture, please let us know at Extension. She will probably want leaf samples and exact location information. Jane's number is 727-582-2562.
Jeanne Murphy
UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension
Wildlife Biologist/Extension Education Coordinator
Florida Master Naturalist Instructor
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774

From: Morse, Jane
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 4:01 PM
Subject: FW: Brazilian pepper bacteria

Please see below and attached photos. Please keep an eye out for these symptoms and let me know if you see any. Thanks.
Jane Morse

From: Denise Thomas []
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 3:58 PM
To: Morse, Jane
Subject: Brazilian pepper bacteria

Hi Jane,
I am a DPM student in Gainesville and last fall I found a bacterial pathovar on Brazilian peppertree that is not found in the US, so I am trying to do some research on it. This bacteria was found on Dr. Jim Cuda's crop of Brazilian pepper at the University of Florida, so I am wondering if it is down south where the majority of Brazilian pepper is found. Can you keep a lookout to see if you see these symptoms? I am including a couple of photos. The symptoms include spots that are flat, black, and necrotic. Some spots may look blighted near the midvein, tip or edges of the leaf. Some plants may not be as severe as the pictures. Please email me if you see symptoms like these and I will need to get a few leaves.
Thanks for your help,
Denise Thomas
University of Florida
Plant Medicine student

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