Journal of General Plant Pathology

, Volume 70, Issue 5, pp 256–260 | Cite as

Microconidia act the role as spermatia in the sexual reproduction of Botrytis cinerea



In the sexual reproductive cycle of Botrytis cinerea, large numbers of microconidia were observed in all the crosses that formed sexual bodies. To clarify the role of the microconidia in sexual reproduction, they were separated using a sucrose density gradient and then used in crossing tests with fungal sclerotia. Sexual bodies were formed in all the crosses in the five mating combinations, demonstrating that microconidia are able to function as spermatia during sexual reproduction of B. cinerea.

Key words

Botrytis cinerea Microconidia Spermatia Sexual reproduction 


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© The Phytopathological Society of Japan and Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Youhei Fukumori
    • 1
  • Masami Nakajima
    • 1
  • Katsumi Akutsu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of AgricultureIbaraki UniversityIbarakiJapan

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