- The United States’ pumpkin industry exceeds one billion dollars , with Illinois contributing to over 90% of processing pumpkin production.
- Pumpkin growers face a rising concern due to the increasing occurrence of Xanthomonas cucurbitae , the pathogen that causes bacterial spot disease in cucurbits, including pumpkins.
- X. cucurbitae infection leads to the appearance of small, sunken, beige spots on cucurbit fruits and leaves.
- Over time, the bacterium can compromise fruit integrity by breaking down the epidermis and cuticle. • Bacterial spot disease also creates opportunities for other bacteria and fungi to infiltrate the affected fruits, leading to fruit rot in both field and storage .
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Beger, Emily; Lee, Iris; and Hind, Sarah, "Evaluating the Enzymatic Activity of Transformed X. cucurbitae" (2023). PRECS student projects. 109.