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Ear and Kernel Mold
Biology and Management

February 2012

By Dr. Charles Woloshuk
Dept. of Biology and Plant Pathology
Purdue University

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Corn is one of the most important crops worldwide. With respect to food security, ear rot diseases and the associated mycotoxins threaten corn as a food and feed source because the mycotoxins affect both human and livestock health. As such, the goals of this lecture are 1) to learn how to recognize the important ear rot diseases of corn, 2) to understand the relationship between ear rot diseases and mycotoxin contamination; 3) to learn the basic principles ear rot disease management, and 4) to understand how to store grain properly to reduce risk of spoilage.

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