white rot

noun
1.
a decay of wood caused by lignase-producing fungi, especially Phanerochaete chrysosporium.
2.
a fungal disease of onions and related plants caused by Sclerotinia cepivorum.
3.
any of the several fungi causing white rot.

Origin:
1905–10

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