from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Plural of sclerotium.

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  • noun Plural form of sclerotium.


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  • Fungal bodies called sclerotia appear on the affected areas and are light brown to brownish red and about the size of mustard seeds.

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  • The grain head later takes on a bottle-brush appearance due to the formation of dark-colored hard structures called sclerotia Controls:

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  • One or many of these sclerotia aka "ergots" may be found in any given rye head, where their little black nubs can be seen poking out of the head.

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  • The researchers used microscopic analysis of particles from the Pleistocene-Holocene sediments collected from the California Channel Islands and compared them with modern soil samples that had been subjected to wildfires, as well as balls of stringy fungal material, called sclerotia, some of which were also subjected to a range of temperatures in a laboratory.


  • LAKSHMANAN, P. and NAIR, M.C. (1984) Effect of soil amendments on the viability of sclerotia of Rhizoctonia solani in soil.

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  • The fungus usually does not invade the stalk until well after pollination when it causes the lower internodes to ripen prematurely and shred, causing breakage at the base of the plant, The inner stalk has a charred appearance due to the presence of numerous black dots (sclerotia).

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  • These are the sclerotia or resting bodies of the fungus.

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  • Its lifecycle begins in the spring when infective spores are forcibly ejected from reproductive structures that sprout from overwintering pods of black, hardened mycelium called "sclerotia."

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  • "We disagree that charred fungal sclerotia ... have the same morphology" as certain carbonaceous spherules, paleoceanographer James Kennett writes in an e-mail.


  • Scott's team says it found a good match between carbonaceous spherules from 12,900 years ago and so-called fungal sclerotia (see figure).



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