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Farm Progress Reports

Number

RFR A1538

Department

Horticulture

Fields

Hort Crops

Areas

Turf

Abstract

Cucumber beetles provide a unique challenge to growers of muskmelon and other cucurbit crops in the Midwest. Spotted and striped cucumber beetles transmit bacterial wilt by feeding on infected plants. Beetles ingest the bacteria (Erwinia tracheiphila) and overwinter in soil. After emerging the following spring, beetles fly to nearby cucurbit crops to feed, continuing to spread bacterial wilt disease from plant to plant.

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