Date of Award:

5-1954

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Plants, Soils, and Climate

Advisor/Chair:

D. C. Tingey

Abstract

Covered smut is a fungus disease that has caused serious losses of wheat for centuries. Its origin is not known, but it was well known to early Romans as evidenced by the fact that they had a god, Robigus, whose special work was to watch over crops to "avert the mildew". It is often referred to as "bunt" or "stinking smut of wheat". Throughout this paper the term' "bunt" will be used to designate this disease in order to avoid confusing it with other smuts of wheat.

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