Raspberry (Rubus spp.)-Pseudomonas Blight

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Cause A bacterium, Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae. Strains are found on many plants, including blueberry, cherry, apple, and pear. Outbreaks usually are associated with cold (31°F to 33°F), moist weather. Succulent growth from high nitrogen is more susceptible when conditions favor infection. The disease on raspberry occurs occasionally in the Pacific Northwest.

Symptoms Brown water-soaked spots on leaves and petioles of developing laterals or young shoots. In wet weather, spots enlarge rapidly, killing leaves and shoots. Brown streaks extend from these dead tissues down under the bark. If the infection does not fully girdle the stem, affected laterals show a characteristic downward bend. If infected laterals are not killed they are often stunted. Other diseases and problems on raspberry can have similar symptoms, which makes positive identification difficult.

Cultural control

  • Avoid excessive and/or late fertilization.
  • Plant resistant cultivars such as Chilcotin, Newburgh, or Nova.

Chemical control Before fall rains and as a delayed dormant application.

  • Badge X2 at 1 to 3.5 lb/A. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry. O
  • Bordeaux 12-12-100. Group M1 fungicide. O
  • Champ WG at 4 lb/A plus crop oil at 1 quart/A. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.
  • Cuprofix Ultra 40 Disperss at 2.5 to 3 lb/A. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.
  • Kocide 3000 at 1.75 lb/A plus 1 quart/A crop oil. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.
  • Monterey Liqui-Cop at 4 teaspoons/gal water. H
  • Nu-Cop 50 DF at 4 lb/A with 1 quart/A crop oil. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry. O
  • Phyton 27 AG at 20 to 40 fl oz/100 gal water. Group M1 fungicide. 48-hr reentry.

References Koike, S.T., Bolda, M.P. and Bull, C.T. 2014. Pseudomonas Blight Caused by Pseudomonas syringae on Raspberry in California. Plant Disease. 98:1151.

Obradović, A., Gavrilović, V., Ivanović, M., and Gašić, K. 2008. Pseudomonas blight of raspberry in Serbia. In M.B. Fatmi, et al (eds.) Pseudomonas syringae Pathovars and Related Pathogens-Identification, Epidemiology and Genomics, pp 413-417.