Damping off

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1. A disease of seeds or young seedlings caused by fungi.

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This is a comparison of a healthy seedling and a seedling affected by damping off.
Source: http://www.edinburghgardenschool.com/2015/09/damping-off/

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This is what a field looks like resulting from damping off.
Source: http://www.forestpests.org/nursery/dampingoff.html