and life cycle—Bacterial soft rot
Bacterial soft rot and blackleg infections are favored by high soil moisture and high temperatures. The
bacteria are carried in and on seed pieces, in soil, and in water. It can also be spread by insects and
enter growth cracks or any injury. During and after harvest, soft rot is favored by immature tubers, adverse
temperatures, mechanical damage, and free water on tuber surfaces.
enters through cracks or wounds