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Anastomoses in the Phycomycetes



IT is commonly assumed, either explicitly1 or implicitly2–4, that the vegetative mycelium of the Phycomycetes is incapable of vegetatively anastomosing and that this whole class of fungi is thereby precluded from developing complex fruiting-bodies and from undergoing variation by those means, such as heterokaryosis, which largely depend on the vegetative transfer of nuclei from the cells of one thallus to another.

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    Gregory, P. H., Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 35, 1 (1952).

  2. 2

    Jinks, J. L., Proc. Roy. Soc., B, 140, 83 (1952).

  3. 3

    Langeron, M., and Vanbreuseghem, R., “Précis de Mycologie” (Masson et Cie, Paris, 1952).

  4. 4

    Pontecorvo, G., Cold Spring Harbor Symp. Quant. Biol., 11, 193 (1946).

  5. 5

    Turner, Myfanwy, Trans. Brit. Mycol. Soc., 39, 291 (1956).

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