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At the time of silk emergence in the plant, the survived sclerotia germinate and produce abundant conidia (Wicklow & Wilson, 1986). This fungus also endures as mycelia in plant debris left in the field during the winter. A. flavus has been isolated from maize silks in all stages of plant growth, but principally when pollen is present. The fungus does not enter the kernel from contaminated silks, but it acts as a source of inoculum for the further colonisation of the base of the kernels (Payne, 1992; Wicklow, 1994).

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