Sb 4.2 Pseudomonas syringae pv glycinea – Ground bulk seed2018-04-20T16:41:54-05:00

National Seed Health System

Sb 4.2  Pseudomonas syringae pv glycinea – Ground bulk seed

DATE: 2001
PATHOGEN: Pseudomonas syringae pv. glycinea (syn: Pseudomonas amygdali pv. glycinea)
HOST: Soybean (Glycine max)
COMMON NAME: bacterial blight
METHOD: Sb 4.2 Ground bulk seed–Serological and pathogenicity confirmation (Alvarez et al.,1995)(formerly Sb2.2)
SAMPLE: : 5000 seeds


1. Five subsamples of 1000 dry soybean seeds are grinded in a Stein Mill for 1 min, then added to 600 ml of sterile saline (0.85% NaCl) and the suspension placed on a rotary shaker for 2 hr at 25°C at 220 rpm.

2. Threefold serial dilutions are made from the suspension and 0.1 ml aliquots plated on King’s B medium amended with cephalexin.

3. After incubation at 25°C for 2-3 days, presumptive colonies of P. s. glycinea, exhibiting a blue fluorescence under UV light (370 nm), are re-isolated onto KBC.

4. Presumptive colonies of each subsample are confirmed as P. s. glycinea by the following pathogenicity and slide agglutination tests.


1. Pathogenicity is determined by inoculating 15-day-old, greenhouse-grown soybean seedlings (cvs. Oakland, Beeson, Acme, and Flambeau) by rubbing leaves with a sterile cotton swab dipped in an aqueous suspension of the presumptive colony (approximately 105 cfu/ml).

2. The seedlings are incubated in light for 48 hr at 90% relative humidity in a mist chamber at 25°C, then transferred to the greenhouse and observed for necrotic lesions on leaves 4-7 days after inoculation.


1. Ten microliters of bacterial suspension of each colony (105 cfu/ml) was mixed in polystyrene Micro ELISA plates (Dynatech Corp.) with 10 µl of a 1:1,000 aqueous dilution of the antiserum obtained from A. Calzolari (Osservatorio Regionale per le Malattie delle Plante, Bologna, Italy).

2. The plates are agitated for 1 hr at 25°C on a rotary shaker at 220 rpm, and agglutination is determined under a stereoscopic microscope.


King’s B Medium 

DI water 1 liter
Proteose peptone #3 20g
K2HPO4 2.5g
Glycerol: 15ml
MgSO*  7H2O 6g
Agar 20g

*4ml cephalexin from the stock solution per liter applied after autoclaving. (Stock = 1g per 100ml water)


Alvarez, E., Braun. E. J., and McGee, D.C. 1995. New assays for detection of Pseudomonas syringae pv. glycinea in soybean seed. Plant Dis. 79:12-14.