red rot

noun

1
: a common sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
2
a
: either of two diseases of sugarcane:
(1)
: a destructive disease caused by a fungus (Physalospora tucumanensis) characterized by red patches within the canes and found also on sorgo
(2)
: a rot of the leaf sheaths caused by a fungus (Sclerotium rolfsii)
b
: a wood decay of various conifers and deciduous trees caused by various pore fungi

called also red heart

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“Red rot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/red%20rot. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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