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Medical Term:

Ustilago maydis


a smut species that resembles ergot of rye in its metabolic action; its black spores on the ears of corn are dispersed by wind and can cause contamination of laboratory cultures.

Synonym(s): corn ergot, corn smut, Ustilago zeae

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