Soja rust fungus spore
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Rust Fungus Spore – II

Phakopsora pachyrhizi

Magnification: 4’000:1

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Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Rust fungus spore on a freash Soja leaf. The germinating fungi spore grows towards a plant pore (stomata), to infect its host plant. Rusts are parasitic fungi that cause some of the most destructive plant diseases. The disease appears as numerous rusty, orange spots that rupture the epidermal layers of the leaves. The fungus rarely causes the plant to die but greatly reduces the ability to photosynthesize (produce food from sunlight), often leading to severely reduced yields.