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Bacterial hollow stalk is first noticed when leaves begin to drop or turn yellow and hang down the stalk. A watery soft rot develops at the base of the affected leaves and often extends up the midrib. The disease may begin at any point of injury, but it often starts at injuries caused by topping or suckering. The pith in the center of the stalk is destroyed, leaving a hollow shell. As the disease moves down the stalk, the leaves droop. Later they drop off, leaving a bare stalk. Hollow stalk usually appears after topping or suckering and may continue to develop after the tobacco is hung in the barn, causing barn rot. Related bacteria may also cause a soft rot of lower leaves during rainy weather.
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Kingdom: Monera
Phylum: Proteobacteria
Class: Gammaproteobacteria
Order: Enterobacteriales
Family: Enterobacteriaceae
Genus: Erwinia
Subject: Erwinia aroideae Town.


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (burley type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Monday, January 1, 1990
Image last updated:
Monday, May 23, 2011