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1[mass noun] Any of a number of bacterial and fungal diseases of fruit and vegetables in which the tissue becomes soft and slimy.
- ‘Especially in warmer climates, the fungus that causes leaf blight can also cause a fruit rot called soft rot.’
- ‘As they feed, borers introduce bacteria that cause a soft rot that ultimately turns leaves brown and destroys the plants.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Irises need fast-draining soil to avoid soft rot.’
- ‘Rhizopus soft rot of papaya is characterized by a soft and watery rot that quickly collapses the entire fruit but leaves the cuticle intact.’
- 1.1Any of a number of fungal conditions affecting timber, which becomes soft and friable.
- ‘Soft rot is different from other types of wood decay.’
- ‘Soft rot in wood often appears brown and can be confused with decay caused by brown rot fungi.’
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