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Studies on the Genus Pythium

Nature volume 130, page 384 (10 September 1932) | Download Citation



Miss V. D. MATTHEWS' book gives a very complete account of the genus Pythium. The author collects information of the methods and media for culture, discusses distribution and habit, the production of mycelium, sporangia, conidia, zoospores, and sexual organs, and considers taxonomic characters. The genus Pythium is taken as it was originally established by Pringsheim, though its vicissitudes since that time are also enumerated. A key to the species is given, and each one is described in detail, with such physiological characters as are known. The host-range is also enumerated, and the book includes twenty-six plates of line drawings and an extensive bibliography. The academic or economic mycologist will find the book a useful work of reference.

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