sooty mold


Definition of sooty mold

: a dark growth of fungus mycelium growing in insect honeydew on plants also : any of various ascomycetous fungi (order Dothideales) producing such growth

Examples of sooty mold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s sooty mold, a fungus that grows in the honeydew excretion of either aphids or scale insects. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 For the record, neither of the insects or the sooty mold causes any serious damage to the crape myrtles. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2021 When noted, along with sooty mold (a black fungus), apply a horticultural oil spray or systemic insecticide, following label instructions. Tom Maccubbin,, 27 Mar. 2021 The black is a fungus, called sooty mold, present due to the feeding of these or other piercing-sucking insects. Tom Maccubbin,, 24 Oct. 2020 Black sooty mold, a fungus, is growing on many of our citrus trees and ornamentals. Tom Maccubbin,, 29 Aug. 2020 That’s sooty mold, a fungus that gets started in the sticky honeydew residue left behind by aphids and scale insects. Neil Sperry,, 16 Jan. 2020 Within a few days, honeydew draws a black fungus called sooty mold. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 26 June 2019 Also, when the whiteflies are under control, the sooty mold gradually disappears. Tom Maccubbin,, 23 Nov. 2019

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1901, in the meaning defined above

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