Published online: Dec 27, 2012
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ST PAUL, Minn.-There are no curative treatments for bacterial black leg, soft rot and stem rot, and no resistant potato varieties.


Best production practices are a grower's first, best tool to combat losses from these diseases.


In the latest `Focus on Potato' webcast, titled "Soft Rot and Blackleg Diseases of Potato," Dr. Amy Charkowski, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, helps users control bacterial blackleg, soft rot and stem rot in potato through cultural practices.


This talk informs users how to interfere with both black leg and soft rot-at planting, during the growing season and at harvest. Fundamentals on the biology and ecology of these bacterial pathogens are also presented.


By the end of the presentation, users should understand the cultural practices for controlling these economically important diseases and how they work.


This 16-minute presentation is open access through March 31, 2013 and can be viewed at