Definition of soft rot in English:

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soft rot


1Any of a number of bacterial and fungal diseases of fruit and vegetables in which the tissue becomes soft and slimy.
Example sentences
  • As they feed, borers introduce bacteria that cause a soft rot that ultimately turns leaves brown and destroys the plants.
  • Irises need fast-draining soil to avoid soft rot.
  • The appearance of soft rot in the tubers injected with the supernatant confirmed that the bacterial culture was viable and producing exoenzymes when grown in LB media.
1.1Any of a number of fungal conditions affecting timber, which becomes soft and friable.
Example sentences
  • Soft rot in wood often appears brown and can be confused with decay caused by brown rot fungi.
  • Soft rot is different from other types of wood decay.

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