wheat rust


Definition of wheat rust

: a destructive disease of wheat caused by rust fungi also : a fungus (such as Puccinia graminis) causing a wheat rust

Examples of wheat rust in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Japanese barberry was introduced in Boston in 1875 as a replacement for a European variety of barberry that harbored crop-damaging wheat rust. Leanne Potts, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Oct. 2021 In 1970, the fungus Bipolar maydis decimated the American Corn Belt before spreading worldwide; another fungal infection, wheat rust, has caused countless famines in the Americas and India. Kate Brown, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of wheat rust

1870, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wheat rust was in 1870

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Last Updated

28 Oct 2021

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“Wheat rust.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wheat%20rust. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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