Friday June 7th 2013 Tim Candler
Yeah though I have walked through the valley of
words there are times when a person has to pause, sit on a rock and
smile for a time. What I have generalized under the category of
"The Black Pox" and it's subset "Sooty Foot," when found in Cereals,
Corns and Sugarcanes, is more locally referred to as "The Smuts." From a
German word for 'dirt.' Oddly "Corn Smut" contains more protein
than the "Corn Kernels" which Corn Smuts have usurped for their own
nefarious ends. Where I live Corn Smut is considered a pest.
Aztecs considered it a delicacy.
And even more worrisome "Before
infection can occur, The Smuts need to undergo a successful mating to form
dikaryotic hyphae." Which they do by hijacking the reproductive system
of their unfortunate victim and then forcing say Grass to produce "Smut
Galls." And you'll know how successful The Smuts might have been if you are
shoeless in the cut grass and your toes turn black.