Tilletia tritici

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Tilletia tritici
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Ustilaginomycetes
Order: Tilletiales
Family: Tilletiaceae
Genus: Tilletia
Species: T. tritici
Binomial name
Tilletia tritici
(Bjerk.) G. Winter (1875)

Lycoperdon tritici Bjerk. 1775
Tilletia caries (DC.) Tul. & C. Tul. 1847
Uredo caries DC. 1815

Tilletia tritici is the causal agent of common bunt of wheat.


Teliopsores are thick-walled, globiose, reticulate and 13-23 μm in diameter.[1]

Use as a biological weapon[edit]

It was used as a biological weapon by Iraq against Iran during the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.[2]


  1. ^ Wiese, M.V. (1987). Compendium of wheat diseases. American Phytopathological Society. p. 124. 
  2. ^ 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.