Tilletia laevis

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Tilletia laevis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Phylum: Basidiomycota
Class: Exobasidiomycetes
Subclass: Exobasidiomycetidae
Order: Tilletiales
Family: Tilletiaceae
Genus: Tilletia
Species: T. laevis
Binomial name
Tilletia laevis
J.G. Kühn, (1873)

Erysibe foetida
Tilletia foetens
Tilletia foetida
Tilletia tritici var. laevis
Ustilago foetens

Tilletia laevis is a plant pathogen that causes bunt on wheat.

It was used as a biological weapon by Iraq against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.[1]


  1. ^ Suffert, Frédéric; Latxague, Émilie; Sache, Ivan (11 March 2009). "Plant pathogens as agroterrorist weapons: assessment of the threat for European agriculture and forestry". Food Security. Springer Netherlands. 1 (2): 221–232. doi:10.1007/s12571-009-0014-2. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 

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