Maize cob infected with corn smut

Maize cob infected with corn smut

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Caption: Maize cob infected with corn smut. Maize (Zea mays) is also known as corn, hence the name of the diseases and pathogens associated with it. This maize cob has a corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea, upper left) feeding on it. The blue kernels are a corn smut infection, caused by the pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis.

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