smut fungi(redirected from Smut (fungus))
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smut fungia group of parasitic FUNGI from the phylum BASIDIOMYCOTA. Some are important PATHOGENS of crop plants and cause considerable agricultural losses. Smut diseases give plants a black, sooty appearance because of the presence of the TELEUTOSPORES.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005