One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural fusariums, Plural fusaria
1A mould of a large genus which includes a number that cause plant diseases, especially wilting.
Genus Fusarium, subdivision Deuteromycotina
- ‘While developing molecular markers for fusaria, O'Donnell uncovered clues that threats of scab could be lurking in some unlikely places.’
- ‘The fusarium strain to blame is specific to basil; it's a little different from the fusariums that bother beans, tomatoes and other crops.’
- ‘Teleomorphs described for fusaria in 9 of 11 sections all belong to the Hypocreales either in Gibberella, Nectria, or Neocosmospora.’
- ‘Although Panama disease is not economically important in the American tropics at the moment, strains of fusaria capable of infecting Cavendish varieties may reach the Americas in the foreseeable future.’
- ‘‘Not all fusariums in the soil are bad guys,’ Matheron says.’
- 1.1mass noun Infestation with any of the fusaria or related moulds.
- ‘Wheat, for instance, is grading at one and two, with the lower grade due to fusarium, Reid said.’
- ‘Fertilizing bulbs too close to flowering time, when the bulbs can't metabolize the food, only encourages fusarium and other nasty things.’
- ‘He also gets an occasional attack of fusarium on his greens which he has to treat with a fungicide.’
- ‘Bt plants also fell prey to a fungal disease, fusarium.’
- ‘Anthracnose, fusarium, and gibberella have already been reported; charcoal rot will likely be observed soon.’
Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Latin fusus ‘spindle’.
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