Cultivating Corn Smut (Ustilago maydis) Part 1

“corn smut” (Ustilago maydis), huitlacocheI won’t be able to continue this experiment until next year as it will involve growing corn and inoculating it with spores of the Ustilago maydis I was given by my neighbor Justine. For now I’ll put up some pictures of the original infected corn cob and of the process of collecting and storing the spores.

In the mean time I can study this paper: Production of huitlacoche, Ustilago maydis: timing inoculation and controlling pollination to get ready for growing season.

Here are some pics for now. Here is Part 2 of the experiment.

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    • Thanks, I’ll post how it goes. Will try several varieties of corn, hopefully heritage breeds.

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