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Re: Anthurium blight

  • Subject: Re: Anthurium blight
  • From: George Yao <geoyao@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 02:38:48 +0800

Hello Steve,

I asked a horticultural consultant about this and he informed me that Anthurium blight has existed in Hawaii for three decades already. According to him, the solution prescribed of using antibiotic is not effective. He asserted that "Bacterial Disease is a systems defect.  They will need to ovehaul their production system to solve the problem." Additionally, he maintained that "Holland never had that problem because of the Dutch integrated agricultural approach." He informed me that recently he was hired to solve that problem in Jakarta and he claimed that "Problem now solved.  No more bacterial infections."

George Yao

On 01/12/10, at 3:54 AM, ExoticRainforest wrote:

A warning from our friend Leland Miyano from information originating from botanist David Scherberich.

There is now a very bad Anthurium blight which may be spreading.  At least two gardens in France have had to deal with this one which has no cure.  The one that is really bad is Xanthomonas campestris pv. dieffenbachiae which causes the leaf margins to turn yellow and all the leaves to drop.  I would suggest you be very careful about buying new Anthurium right now!  This has the potential to kill an entire collection. 

Some species appear resistant but others spread it quickly.  Some commercial growers in Hawaii lost almost entire crops of ornamental Anthurium (the kind you buy in the store) so be very careful about buying any Anthurium in a local nursery or discount store!


Any of you that are knowledgeable about this blight please pass along what you know.


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