Bacteriosis.Many of the plant diseases involving rot have been ascribed to the action of bacteria, and in some casese.g.
284 (1897); Arthur and Bolley, Bacteriosis of Carnations, Purdue Univ.
Bacteriosis: Migula, l.c. p. 322, has collected the literature; see also Sorauer, Handbuch der Pflanzenkrankheiten, I.
It is not sufficient to find bacteria in the rotting tissues, however, nor even to be successful in infecting the plant through an artificial wound, unless very special and critical precautions are taken, and in many of the alleged cases of bacteriosis the saprophytic bacteria in the tissues are to be regarded as merely secondary agents.