Story: Fungi

Spores of facial eczema fungus

Spores of facial eczema fungus

Facial eczema is a disease of cattle and sheep. This occurs when they become sensitive to sunlight after they eat the spores of the fungus Pithomyces chartarum. The fungus infests pasture grasses and may reach high levels of infection in warm damp weather.

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Peter Buchanan, 'Fungi - Parasites: disease-causing fungi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 March 2024)

Story by Peter Buchanan, published 24 Sep 2007