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Macrocysts in the Life Cycle of the Dictyosteliaceae. I. Formation of the Macrocysts

Ann Weinkauff Nickerson and Kenneth B. Raper
American Journal of Botany
Vol. 60, No. 2 (Feb., 1973), pp. 190-197
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2441106
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Macrocysts in the Life Cycle of the Dictyosteliaceae. I. Formation of the Macrocysts
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Abstract

Macrocysts, a morphogenetic phase that is alternative to sorocarp formation in the life cycle of some cellular slime molds, are known for two genera and five species of the Dictyosteliaceae. In all of these macrocyst formation was found to be strongly affected by four factors: light, temperature, moisture, and the composition of the medium. In general, macrocyst formation was suppressed and sorocarp formation was enhanced by exposure to light, by incubation at temperatures lower than 20 C, by buffering nutrient media with phosphates, and by reducing atmospheric moisture through the use of clay covers on Petri dishes. The extent to which these environmental factors, singly or in combination, inhibited the production of macrocysts varied among the different strains and species.

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