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Ustilago maydis (Corn smut)
Ustilago maydis (Corn smut)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Ustilaginomycetes
Order: Ustilaginales
Genus: Ustilago
(Pers.) Roussel 1806

Ustilago is a genus of smut fungi parasitic on grasses. There is a large research community that works on Ustilago maydis including researchers at the University of Georgia, Philipps-Universität Marburg, University of British Columbia and others.

Research with this organism has led to better understanding of the genetics underlying self-non-self recognition through elucidation of the mating type system as well as fundamental aspects of signal transduction and cell-cycle regulation.

U. maydis is also eaten as a traditional Mexican food known as huitlacoche corn smut

The genome of U. maydis has been sequenced [1]

See also


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