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Teliospore of Tilletia indica
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Fungi
Division: Basidiomycota
Class: Exobasidiomycetes
Order: Tilletiales
Family: Tilletiaceae
Genus: Tilletia
Tul. & C.Tul.
Type species
Tilletia caries
(DC.) Tul. & C.Tul.

Tilletia is a genus of smut fungi in the Tilletiaceae family. Species in this genus are plant pathogens that affect various grasses. Tilletia indica , which causes Karnal bunt of wheat, and Tilletia horrida , responsible for rice kernel smut, are examples of species that affect economically important crops. [1]


The widespread genus contains about 175 species. [2] The genus was circumscribed by Edmond Tulasne and Charles Tulasne in Ann. Sci. Nat. Bot. ser.3, vol.7 on page 112 in 1847.

The genus was named after a agronomist from France, Mathieu Tillet (1714–1791). [3]


As accepted by Species Fungorum; [4]

Former species; [4] Note: Assume if no family mentioned (at the end), Tilletiaceae

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  1. Carris LM, Castlebury LA (2006). "Nonsystemic bunt fungi – Tilletia indica and T. horrida: A review of history, systematics, and biology". Annual Review of Phytopathology. 44: 113–33. doi:10.1146/annurev.phyto.44.070505.143402.
  2. Kirk PM, Cannon PF, Minter DW, Stalpers JA (2008). Dictionary of the Fungi (10th ed.). Wallingford, UK: CABI. p.  691. ISBN   978-0-85199-826-8.
  3. Burkhardt, Lotte (2022). Eine Enzyklopädie zu eponymischen Pflanzennamen [Encyclopedia of eponymic plant names](pdf) (in German). Berlin: Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Freie Universität Berlin. doi:10.3372/epolist2022. ISBN   978-3-946292-41-8 . Retrieved January 27, 2022.
  4. 1 2 "Tilletia - Search Page". www.speciesfungorum.org. Species Fungorum. Retrieved 21 November 2022.