Identification

Author

Pataky JK, Snetselaar KM

Title

Common smut of corn (Syn. boil smut, blister smut)

Year

2006

Publication type

Article

Journal

The Plant Health Instuctor

Created

2015-07-29 16:21:01.251198+00:00

Modified

2016-07-05 15:53:16.736192+00:00

Details

Institution

APS

Access

Language

English

URL http://www.apsnet.org/edcenter/intropp/lessons/fungi/Basidiomycetes/Pages/CornSmut.aspx
DOI

10.1094/PHI-I-2006-0927-01

Accessed

2016-07-05

Extended information

Abstract

Common smut of corn, caused by Ustilago maydis, is easily identified by tumor-like galls that form on actively growing host tissues and contain masses of dark, sooty teliospores. Throughout most of the world, common smut is considered to be a troublesome disease of corn, but in central Mexico, galls on ears of corn are considered an edible delicacy known as cuitlacoche (Syn. huitlacoche). In addition to the practical significance of causing a prevalent disease and being an edible fungus, U. maydis also has been used as a model organism to study a variety of interesting biological phenomena.