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sooty mould

a fungal plant disease characterized by a blackish growth covering the surface of leaves, fruits, etc
any of various fungi, such as species of Meliola or Capnodium, that cause this disease
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  • This species exudes copious honey-dew, upon which sooty mould develops, thus rendering fruit unfit for use.

  • If therefore the honey dew is kept off by destroying the Aphides which secrete it, sooty mould will not appear.

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