corn smut


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corn smut

corn smut

n
1. (Plant Pathology) an ascomycetous parasitic fungus, Ustilago zeae, that causes gall-like deformations on maize grain
2. (Plant Pathology) the condition produced by this fungus
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Noun1.corn smut - a smut fungus attacking Indian corncorn smut - a smut fungus attacking Indian corn
smut fungus, smut - any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
family Ustilaginaceae, Ustilaginaceae - a fungus family of loose smuts
boil smut, Ustilago maydis - a common smut attacking Indian corn causing greyish white swellings that rupture to expose a black spore mass
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The causal agent of corn smut disease, Ustilago maydis, Is one of the best-established model organisms for fungal genetics.
has vigor, great flavor, sweetness, standability (resistance to lodging, or the stalks toppling over), good germination in cold soils, resistance to common rust and corn smut, and solid yields of large ears with bicolored (white and yellow) kernels.