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Ultrastructural Observations on Nimbospora bipolaris (Halosphaeriaceae, Ascomycetes)

Susan J. Read, E. B. Gareth Jones and Stephen T. Moss
Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences
Vol. 339, No. 1290 (Mar. 29, 1993), pp. 483-489
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3030185
Page Count: 7
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Ultrastructural Observations on Nimbospora bipolaris (Halosphaeriaceae, Ascomycetes)
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Abstract

The ultrastructure of the ascus, ascospores and appendages of Nimbospora bipolaris were examined at the transmission electron microscope level. The mature ascus wall comprises a single narrow electron-opaque layer which deliquesces and lacks an apical elaboration. Ascospore walls comprise a bipartite mesosporium, a thinner electron-opaque episporium and an outer mucilaginous sheath. Before release from the ascus the mucilaginous sheath is compact and folded. The fibrillar, trailing ascospore appendages are arranged in eight equidistant tufts around the circumference of the septum, originate from the mesosporium and emerge through pores in the episporium. In early stages of development the appendages are retained within the mucilaginous sheath but upon release from the ascus the sheath expands and the appendages pierce the sheath and radiate out to form their characteristic appearance. Ascospore ontogeny in N. bipolaris is compared with other appendaged members of the Halosphaeriaceae.

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