One Hundred and One Years of Research on Bacterial Wilt

  • A. Kelman


In the century that has passed since Erwin F. Smith described the bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum, over 4,000 papers have been published on this major disease of plants. Although the causal agent had not been identifiied prior to Smith’s work, it is apparent that farmers in the tropical, subtropical and warm temperate zones of the world had already become well acquainted with this disease. This recognition in early reports occurred as the economically important hosts such as potatoes, tomatoes, and tobacco, highly susceptible to the disease, were introduced and grown commercially for the first time round the world.


Bacterial Wilt Ralstonia Solanacearum Warm Temperate Zone Lytic Peptide Landmark Status 
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