Sour skin

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David B. Langston, University of Georgia,
Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

Sour skin (Pseudomonas cepacia)

Minor Pest Description

In contrast to soft rot and slippery skin, infected scales are not water-soaked but are slimy and yellow. Symptoms usually visible only after onions are dug. The upper portion of the bulb shrinks, and in advanced stages of the disease, the outer dry skin readily slips off during handling while the centre of the bulb still remains firm. Outer layer of scales often becomes darkened and almost orange. Decay of inner scales leads to a soft rot that has a sour, vinegar-like odour. The disease is favoured by wet warm conditions.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • Management measures for the disease are the same as for slippery skin.
Minor Pest Position
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Pest Type
Host Plants