muscardine diseases

muscardine diseases

[′məs·kər‚dēn di‚zēz·əs]
(invertebrate zoology)
A group of insect diseases caused by the muscardine fungi, in which the fungal pathogen emerges from the body of the insect and covers the animal with a characteristic fungus mat.
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