Mature watermelon fruit displaying typical bacterial fruit blotch symptoms including irregularly The economic loss results from the fruit rot phase of the disease. Feb 2, A salmonella outbreak linked to watermelon has affected 35 people, Infection causes a similar illness to other forms of salmonella infection and symptoms bacteria which may have transferred on to the flesh of the melon. Bacterial fruit blotch of watermelon, caused by the bacterium Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli, is an important disease of watermelon. This pathogen also. Plant Health & Disease Troubleshooting Guide Bacterial fruit blotch (BFB) affects cucurbit plants around the world and can be a serious threat to farmers because it spreads through contaminated seed. BFB is the result of an infection by Gram-negative Acidovorax citrulli bacteria, Symptoms of melon with BFB include water soaked lesions on cotyledons, and hypocotyls. Apr 1, Watermelon is one of the important cash crops in South Korea, the 9th In recent years, it was found that bacterial diseases were on rise due. First observed in U.S. commercial watermelon fields in , bacterial fruit last 20 years, academia and industry have come together to study the disease and.