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False Smut Disease

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Causal organism: Ustilaginoidea virens (Cke.)

Local name:

False smut is a fungal disease and is more severe in the years of high rainfall.

The farmers consider its incidence as an omen of Good Harvest.

Period of occurrence : Panicle emergence .

Extent of yield loss : Negligible, Udupi district 23% and DWR 3%.

• 1000 grain weight by 48%.

• Chaffyness by 40%.

• Seedling growth.

• Seed germination by 25%.

File Courtesy: 
RARS, Karjat
Photo Courtesy: 
Dr. D. Krishnaveni (DRR)
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