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Common Name

Rice false smut. It is not a true smut, but classified in a different division of the kingdom fungi, the Ascomycota.

Scientific Name

Ustilaginoidea virens

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from CABI Ustilaginoidea virens (false smut) (2018) Crop Protection Compendium. (; and False smut. Rice Knowledge Bank. IRRI. (; and Graham KM (1971) Plant diseases of Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London; and from Ustilaginoidea virens. Wikipedia ( Photo 1&2 William M. Brown Jr., Photo 3  O.P. Sharma, Photo 4 Cesar Calderon, Cesar Calderon Pathology Collection, USDA APHIS PPQ, Photo 5 Donald Groth, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Diagram David Condrey. grass flower with vestigial perianth or lodicules. (

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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