What is common bunt ?
Seed treatments

Symptoms and detection
Levers of bunt management

Common bunt (also known as stinking smut or covered smut) is a disease affecting wheat, but also other cereals, that reduces grain quality. It is caused by fungi of the genus Tilletia. These fungi are seedborne with high propagation rates, but can also survive in the soil.

This web page aims to present the biological cycle of the fungus and the main levers for its management, so that people confronted with a bunt problem find tools to handle it. Consult the sections presented above to learn more...

Photo : Bunted wheat ear at flowering season. The "kernel" has been opened with a nail, the black mass of spores is already visible. (picture: ITAB)

Stéphanie Klaedkte

This web page was set up in the framework of a students' project by
Caroline CHEBANCE—Université Clermont-Auvergne
Roxane PROVOST—VetAgro Sup
Anne-Sophie SALGUES—VetAgro Sup

Thanks to
the farmers, researchers, extensions workers, breeders and technicians who contributed to this web page with their knowledge and experience. Among others: Anders Borgen, Hervé Brun, Julie Gombert, Pierre Massot, Gérard Michaut, Geoffrey Orgeur et Emmanuel Renard.

With financial support from

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 727230 and by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) under contract number 17.00090. The information provided do not necessarily reflect the official views of the EC and the Swiss government. Neither the European Commission/SERI nor any person acting behalf of the Commission/SERI is responsible for the use which might be made of the information provided.

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