A causal agent of bacterial soft rot occurring in soybean sprout cultivation in Korea was isolated and identified, and its incidence in several sprout-soybean cultivars was examined. Infected soybean seeds became light brown and whitish, and could not germinate until 3 days after seeding, accompanying rotting of soybean seeds and sprouts. The causal organism isolated from the rotten seeds and sprouts was identified as Erwinia carotovora subsp. carotovora on the basis of its pathogenicity, morphological and physiological characteristics and the results of the Biolog GN microplate test program. The bacterial soft rot by E. c. subsp. carotovora was firstly described in soybean sprout in Korea, and we name it“the bacterial soft rot of soybean sprout”. The disease occurred more frequently in Nam-hae and Fu-reun sprout-soybean cultivars than in Eun-ha, So-baek, and Ik-san cultivars.
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