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Karnal bunt spore.jpg
Teliospore of Tilletia indica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Exobasidiomycetes
Order: Tilletiales
Family: Tilletiaceae
Genus: Tilletia
Tul. & C.Tul.
Type species
Tilletia caries
(DC.) Tul. & C.Tul.

Tilletia barclayana
Tilletia caries
Tilletia controversa
Tilletia indica
Tilletia laevis
Tilletia tritici
Tilletia walkeri ...

Tilletia is a genus of smut fungi in the Tilletiaceae family. Species in this genus are plant pathogens that affect various grasses. Tilletia indica, which causes Karnal bunt of wheat, and Tilletia horrida, responsible for rice kernel smut, are examples of species that affect economically important crops.[1]

The widespread genus contain about 175 species.[2]

The genus was named after French agronomist Mathieu Tillet (1714-1791).

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  1. ^ Carris LM, Castlebury LA (2006). "Nonsystemic bunt fungi – Tilletia indica and T. horrida: A review of history, systematics, and biology". Annual Review of Phytopathology. 44: 113–33. doi:10.1146/annurev.phyto.44.070505.143402. 
  2. ^ Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CABI. p. 691. ISBN 978-0-85199-826-8. 

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