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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Ustilaginaceae — the smut fungi (including corn smut).


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  • To quote from a past post I wrote on this subject, it's "a plant fungus called Ustilago maydis and infects an ear of corn via the ovaries and turns the kernels into tumors or 'galls' and expands them to the point of becoming mini volcanoes of erupting black pus."

    Deep End Dining

  • Zizania latifolia and Ustilago esculenta, a grass-fungus association.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Huitlacoche is a parasitic fungus, Ustilago maydis, that attacks corn plants, and that has been eaten in Mexico and Central America since Aztec times.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • Common smut (Ustilago maydis): A fungus that causes galls

    Chapter 10

  • Both pure cultures of yeast (Saccharomyces carbajali, Candida utilis, etc.), and mixed cultures of yeast, fungi (Ustilago maydis), and bacteria (Corynebacterium glutamicum, Brevibacterium flavum) were used to produce the SCP biomass.

    Chapter 5

  • With over 5,000 species of rusts and smuts the only the corn smut (Ustilago maydis) is commonly eaten as food.


  • Growing on corn, Ustilago maydis forms large, swollen, kernel-like globules with soft black flesh covered by a silvery gray skin.


  • The week that last months Mycophagist article on Ustilago maydis was in the mail Narsai David devoted one of his short programs about it on radio station KCBS.


  • Larry also mentioned that there is another edible smut, Ustilago esculenta, which grows on rice and is considered a great taste treat in central China, where it is sold in the markets.


  • In damp weather corn frequently becomes infected with corn smut -- Ustilago maydis -- which when fresh occurs as pearly gray globules and ovoids displacing the rows of kernels.



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