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Karnal Bunt

Scientific Name

Tilletia indica Mitra (1931) (Bishnoi et al. 2020)

Common Name

Karnal bunt, partial bunt


Neovossia indica (Mitra) Mundkur

Native To

First discovered in India (Bishnoi et al. 2020)

Date of U.S. Introduction

First detected in the U.S. in 1996 (Marshall et al. 2003)

Means of Introduction

Unknown, possibly arrived from Mexico in shipments of contaminated grain (Marshall et al. 2003)


Fungal disease of wheat that reduces quality and yield (Bishnoi et al. 2020)

Current U.S. Distribution

Southwestern U.S.

Karnal Bunt symptoms -
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Karnal Bunt symptoms North Carolina State University, Department of Plant Pathology Archive

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Distribution / Maps / Survey Status

Federally Regulated

Selected Resources

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Federal Government
International Government
State and Local Government