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stem rust

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noun Plant Pathology.
any of several fungal diseases of plants affecting the stems, especially a disease of wheat and other grasses characterized by pustules of red and then black spores.
any of the fungi causing such a disease.
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Origin of stem rust

First recorded in 1915–20
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