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Helminthosporium       Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Pathogen of turfgrass causing crown rot and leaf spot diseases
  • Pathogen of maize causing Northern leaf blight
  • Pathogen of potatoes causing silver scurf disease

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Unknown

Water Activity

  • Unknown

Mode of Dissemination

  • Water Splash
  • Foot traffic
  • Lawn mowers
  • Grass Clippings

Allergenic Potential

  • Unknown

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Unknown

Industrial Uses

  • Unknown

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Helminthosporoside
  • Helminthosporal

Other Comments

  • This name is no longer in use. The genus Helminthosporium is now Bipolaris


  • Steiner GW, Strobel GA. 1971. J Biol Chem. 246(13):4350-4357
  • Sommereyns G, Closset JL. 1977. Arch Int Physiol Biochim. 85(2):431-433