Bacterial blight

Xanthomonas axonopodis

Bacterial blight (Xanthomonas axonopodis) is a bacterial pathogen. It is a native of South East Asia.

Thisis a disease affecting citrus species that is caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas axonopodis. Infection causes lesions on the leaves, stems, and fruit of citrus trees, including lime, oranges, and grapefruit. While not harmful to humans, this bacteria significantly affects the vitality of citrus trees, causing leaves and fruit to drop prematurely; a fruit infected with canker is safe to eat but too unsightly to be sold.

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