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Corn Stunt Disease
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Spiroplasma kunkelii
Genome Sequencing ProjectCorn Stunt Disease

Corn Stunt DiseaseCorn stunt disease is a major limiting factor in the production of corn, maize, in Central and parts of South America. The disease periodically has invaded corn fields in parts of the southern United States.
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Oliveira, EMBRAPA, Sete Lagoas, Brazil

corn with symptoms of "Rio Grande" corn stunt disease in Mexico

Symptoms of corn stunt disease include stunting of plants, sterility of tassels, poor filling of ears, and characteristically broad chlorotic stripes on leaves.

Corn exhibiting symptoms of "Rio Grande" corn stunt disease in Mexico.