SMUT FUNGI OF AUSTRALIA - Version 2.0 (2013)

Authors: Roger Shivas, Dean Beasley, Alistair McTaggart and Kálmán Vánky

Welcome to Smut Fungi of Australia, an interactive key for the 317 species of plant pathogenic smut fungi (Ustilaginomycetes) known from Australia. Most grasses, including the economically important cereals, are hosts of smut fungi. Many smut fungi are also found on grasses in rangeland zones, an area of national priority.

With Smut Fungi of Australia you will be able to:

  • Use the interactive Lucid key or dichotomous keys to quickly and accurately identify any of the species of smut fungi found in Australia.
  • Access comprehensive information for each of the species, including descriptions, distribution maps, line drawings, scanned specimens, light micrographs and scanning electron micrographs.
  • Browse information by species and generic name and also view supplementary information including a glossary and list of references.

How to cite this key: 

Shivas RG, Beasley DR, McTaggart AR (2014). Online identification guides for Australian smut fungi (Ustilaginomycotina) and rust fungi (Pucciniales). IMA Fungus 5: 195–202.

This key was created using Lucid Builder 3.5.19, and requires Java 8 (Version 8 Update 25).

How to use this key:

  • View a tutorial on the use of this Lucid key.

For more information about Smut Fungi of Australia please contact:

Dr Roger Shivas

Phone: +61 7 3708 8478

Dr Dean Beasley

Phone: +61 7 3708 8469

Plant Pathology Herbarium
Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Ecosciences Precinct
GPO Box 267 Brisbane QLD 4001