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Karnal Bunt

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Karnal Bunt symptoms -
Scientific Name:
Tilletia indica Mitra (1931) (Bonde et al. 1997)
Common Name:
Karnal bunt, partial bunt
Karnal Bunt symptoms North Carolina State University, Department of Plant Pathology Archive
Native To:
First discovered in India (Bonde et al. 1997)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
First detected in the U.S. in 1996 (Bonde et al. 1997)
Means of Introduction:
Unknown, possibly arrived from Mexico in shipments of contaminated grain (Marshall et al. 2003)
Fungal disease that infects wheat, reducing quality and yield (Bonde et al. 1997)
Current U.S. Distribution:
Southwestern U.S.

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. Or, to display all related content view all resources for Karnal Bunt.


European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Plant Health Australia.

See also: Grains Pest Fact Sheets for more fact sheets.
Texas State University System. Texas Invasive Species Institute.

Federal Government

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

International Government

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom).
See also: Pest and Disease Factsheets for more fact sheets.
South Africa Department of Agriculture. Directorate of Plant Health and Quality.

Australian Government. Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

State and Local Government

Texas Department of Agriculture.


University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Kansas State University. Cooperative Extension Service.

Texas A&M University System. Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
See also: Small Grains - Diseases for more fact sheets