corn smut


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corn smut

[′kȯrn ‚smət]
(plant pathology)
A fungus disease of corn caused by Ustilago maydis.
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Dahl says most people in the United States view corn smut with revulsion because they question the safety of fungal foods in general.
Nasdaq: EXEL) today announced that it has completed a working draft genomic sequence of Ustilago maydis, commonly known as corn smut, an important model system for plant fungal diseases.
The corn smut fungus attacks growing corn plants and induces abnormal overgrowths, stunting the plant and reducing crop yield.