Tilletia indica

Karnal bunt

Photo by PaDIL

  • Hosts are wheat, durum and triticale
  • Parts of seeds are blackened and crush relatively easily
  • Infected grain has a distinct fishy smell
  • If it became established in Australia, access to over 45 international markets would be restricted and grain price would be significantly reduced

High priority pest of: Grains

Scientific name: Tilletia indica
EPPRD Category: 2
Life Form: Fungus

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol