smut fungus


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smut fungus

n.
1. Any of various plant diseases, especially of cereal grasses, caused by parasitic fungi chiefly of the class Ustilaginomycetes that form black powdery masses of spores on the affected parts.
2. A fungus causing such a disease.
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Noun1.smut fungus - any fungus of the order Ustilaginales
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
order Ustilaginales, Ustilaginales - parasitic fungi causing smuts; sometimes placed in class Tiliomycetes
covered smut - a smut fungus causing a smut disease of grains in which the spore masses are covered or held together by the grain membranes
loose smut - a smut fungus of the genus Ustilago causing a smut disease of grains in which the entire head is transformed into a dusty mass of spores
corn smut, cornsmut - a smut fungus attacking Indian corn
genus Sphacelotheca, Sphacelotheca - genus of smut fungus
head smut, Sphacelotheca reiliana - smut fungus attacking heads of corn or sorghum and causing a covered smut
Tilletia caries, bunt - fungus that destroys kernels of wheat by replacing them with greasy masses of smelly spores
Tilletia foetida, stinking smut, bunt - similar to Tilletia caries
onion smut, Urocystis cepulae - smut fungus causing blackish blisters on scales and leaves of onions; especially destructive to seedlings
flag smut fungus - a smut fungus causing a smut in cereals and other grasses that chiefly affects leaves and stems and is characterized chains of sori within the plant tissue that later rupture releasing black masses of spores
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As there is always considerable variation within populations and among populations of sugarcane smut fungus, environmental heterogeneity may play an important role in these population variations [9, 47].