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Xanthomonas Threats

Part of a genus which includes more than 350 bacterial plant pathogens, Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris (Xcc) causes black rot in brassicas such as cabbage, oilseed rape, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, swede, and mustards. Xcc is more problematic in hot and humid weather, which coupled with climate change and its already wide distribution across the UK, means Xcc is a significant threat to UK horticultural crop production.

This project includes a detailed study of Xanthomonas spp genetics and host plant interactions, identifies sources of resistance and potential methods of control, and assesses the risk that some Xanthomonas species pose now and in the future.