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soft rot

  1. a softening of wood, in moist, aerobic conditions, by certain FUNGI, such as Chaetomium globosum, that break down CELLULOSE. Such soft rot fungi can cause considerable economic losses of timber.
  2. a type of rot of fruit and vegetables, in which they become a wet, slimy mass. It is caused by certain fungi and BACTERIA that degrade PECTIN.
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At harvest tubers from each plant were examined for soft rot disease.
The aim of this study is to make identification and characterization of bacterial strains, which are causative agents of soft rot disease for some plants (potato, onion and pepper), by using classical (morphological, cytological and biochemical tests) and molecular (MIS, BIOLOG, 16S rDNA PCR and specific PCR) methods.
Bacterial soft rot caused by Erwinia carotovora is one of the most destructive diseases including carrots, potato, Chinese radish and Brassicas, especially Chinese cabbage in East Asian (Kikumoto, 2000; Vanjildorj et al., 2009).
Whilst various breeding strategies have been attempted including hybridisation by somatic fusion with wild diploid species [16] there are no commercial varieties that are naturally immune to soft rot and black leg, although some cultivars show partial resistance [17].
A soft rot of the seed pieces occurs, and yields are negatively affected.
Logs were graded to the damage type that most lowered the internal quality (e.g., log with soft rot may also contain hard rot, hard rot in pith, or color defect in pith).
Our crops are attacked by saran rog (soft rot or rhizome rot disease) and the government is not concerned about it.
Had the sense to begin, as his nephew does, with the soft rot, the sough-facing sections that are so shot they need only be tapped to disintegrate and cascade like handfuls of soil straight back to earth, where all dead things land.
Fungi Associated with soft rot of yam in storage in Nigeria.