Anther-smut infection of Silene alba caused by Ustilago violacea: factors determining fungal reproduction

Abstract

The anther-smut fungus Ustilago violacea sporulates in flowers of the dioecious host plant Silene alba. Growth chamber comparisons of healthy and diseased plants, with the genetic background of host and pathogen controlled, revealed that fungal infection increases the number of flowers produced per plant and decreases the size of individual flowers. There… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/BF00318280

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