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Spring 2023



  • The United States’ pumpkin industry exceeds one billion dollars [1], 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 [2].


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Research featured in this poster has been conducted with the cooperation of the Department of Crop Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



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