Bacteria

Bacteria are single celled prokaryotic (no membrane around nucleus) microorganisms that are either free-living in soil or water or diseases of plants or animals. As a disease of plants and animals bacteria are a risk for Western Australian primary producers as they impact upon market access and agricultural production.

WA is free from some of the world's major bacterial diseases. Biosecurity measures on your property are vital in preventing the spread of bacterial diseases.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development provides:

  • biosecurity/quarantine measures at the WA border to prevent the entry of bacterial diseases
  • where relevant post border biosecurity measures
  • advice on widespread bacterial diseases present in the state.

For advice on bacterial diseases search our website, the Western Australian Organism List or contact our Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

For diagnostic services, please contact our Diagnostic Laboratory Services.

Articles

  • American foulbrood is a disease of honeybee larvae caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae.

  • European foulbrood disease, a serious disease of honey bees in eastern Australia, has not been detected in Western Australia.

  • Fire blight (Erwinia amylovora) is a serious bacterial disease of apples, pears and other plants in the rose family (Rosaceae). This disease is not present in Western Australia.

  • DDLS - Plant pathology is a service area under the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Diagnostic Laboratory Services (DDLS).

  • Information is provided here to assist management of diseases and viruses that occur in broadacre crops grown in Western Australia - cereals (wheat, barley, oats and triticale), pulses (field pea,

  • Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae) is a disease of kiwifruit that can spread rapidly through kiwifruit orchards and kill many vines.

  • Bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) is a serious disease of potatoes that can cause crop losses of more than 90%.

  • Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum is an exotic pest to Australia. It can affect both solanaceous and apiaceous crops.

  • Broccoli, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are members of the brassica family.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has taken action to protect Western Australia’s citrus growers from the threat of citrus canker following confirmation that the disease

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