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Pumpkin Fungus Could Take Some of the Fun Out of Halloween

(LAFAYETTE, Ind.) -- A fungus is putting a dent in Indiana's pumpkin crop.

Purdue University plant pathologist Daniel Egel says two types of fungus or rot have affected crops from the Midwest to New England. They cause pumpkins to develop mold spots and rot from the inside out.

He says a combination of high temperatures and record amounts of rain in August helped the fungi flourish.

One White County pumpkin farmer says she's lost about 85 percent of one pumpkin variety due to the rot.

Egel says shoppers should look for bright orange pumpkins with strong, green stems. He says consumers should also check for moldy areas or soft spots, especially on the bottom of the pumpkins.

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