Method to study Germination of Fungus Spores in Soil


VARIOUS methods have been devised to study the germination of fungus spores in the soil1,2. These methods have the disadvantage that the spores are held under conditions different from those in natural soil. Boosalis3 developed a method which eliminates the disadvantages of other methods but is rather cumbersome. The following method was found to be satisfactory for application in studies on soil-fungistasis and for determining the effect of various soil amendments on the germination of conidia of Helminthosporium sativum P.K. and B. in the soil.


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    Boosalis, M. G., Phytopathology, 50, 860 (1960).

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JOOSTE, W. Method to study Germination of Fungus Spores in Soil. Nature 207, 1105 (1965).

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