EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 11 - 1998 Num. article: 1998/214

Xanthomonas vesicatoria in Antigua, Grenada, St Kitts and St Lucia

Several characteristics (races, abundance, distribution, aggressiveness, prospects for control) of Xanthomonas vesicatoria (EPPO A1 quarantine pest) were studied in four East Caribbean islands: Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia and Grenada. It is reported that X. vesicatoria is an important pathogen of pepper (Capsicum annuum) and tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) in these four islands. Efforts to increase the production of these crops have been limited mainly by difficulties in controlling the disease. A list of all races found is given in the paper. The EPPO Secretariat had previously no information on the presence of X. vesicatoria in Antigua, Grenada and St Lucia.


O'Garro, L.W.; (1998) Bacterial spot of tomato and pepper on four East Caribbean islands: races, their abundance, distribution, aggressiveness, and prospects for control.
Plant Disease, 82(8), 864-870.