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Sugarcane Rust in Mississippi. Natale Zummo, Research Plant Pathologist, U.S. Sugar Crops Field Station, Southern Region, SEA, USDA-AR, Meridian, MS 39301. Plant Dis. 64:706. This article is in the public domain and not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with customary crediting of the source. The American Phytopathological Society, 1980. DOI: 10.1094/PD-64-706.

Sugarcane rust from natural infection caused by Puccinia melanocephala was found on sugarcane seedlings at Meridian, MS, in November 1979. Rust pustules were mainly on the older, lower leaves and did not appear on the upper three or four leaves. Both urediospores and teliospores were on the adaxial surfaces. Many uredia were overgrown by the rust hyperparasite, Darluca filum.