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Rusts                        Print PDF

Natural Habitat

  • Rusts are parasitic to many types of plants

Suitable Substrates in the Indoor Environment

  • Unknown- rust fungi require a living plant host for growth

Mode of Dissemination

  • Wind
  • Forcible Ejection

Allergenic Potential

  • Type I. (hay fever, asthma)

Potential Opportunist or Pathogen

  • Unknown

Industrial Uses

  • Unknown

Potential Toxins Produced

  • Unknown

Other Comments

  • There are 5000 known species of rusts belonging to at least 150 different genera
  • Rusts are the cause of great economic losses on many cultivated plants
  • Ancient Romans believed the god Robigus was responsible for rust disease on crops and attempted to ward off rust disease by celebrating Robigus in an annual festival


  • Alexopoulos, C.J., Mims, C.W., Blackwell, M. 1996. John Wiley and Sons