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Corn smut
Corn Corn smut Ustilago maydis
Signs and symptoms of common smut (Ustilago maydis) on a sweetcorn plant.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Subkingdom: Dikarya
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Subphylum: Ustilaginomycotina
Class: Ustilaginomycetes
Subclass: Ustilaginomycetidae
Order: Urocystales
Family: Urocystaceae
Genus: Ustilago
Species: Ustilago maydis
Synonyms
Huitlacoche

Smut
Mexican truffle (culinary uses)
Caeoma zeae Link
Lycoperdon zeae Beckm. 1768
Uredo maydis Dc. 1815
Uredo segetum forma zeae-maydis Dc.
Uredo segetum var. mays-zeae Dc.
Uredo zeae Schwein. 1822
Uredo zeae-maydis Dc.
Ustilago carbo-maydis Phillipar.
Ustilago mays-zeae Magnus 1895
Ustilago segetum var. mays-zeae Dc. 1805
Ustilago zeae (Link) Unger 1836

Ustilago zeae-maydis G. Winte
Corn smut is a plant disease caused by the pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis that causes smut on sweetcorn

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  • In Mexican culinary uses, it is know as a delicacy named huitlacoche, used as a filling in quesadillas and other tortilla-based foods.

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