Archives of Microbiology

, Volume 107, Issue 1, pp 99–107 | Cite as

Physiology and fine structure of sporangiospore germination in Piptocephalis unispora prior to infection

  • P. Jeffries
  • T. W. K. Young


Germination of the sporangiospore of Piptocephalis unispora Benjamin, observed by means of light and electron microscopy, involved the formation of a new inner wall which became continous with the inner layer of the wall of the germ tube. The outer wall layer of the germ tube was continous with the original inner wall layer of the dormant spore. Preliminary details of appressorium structure were noted. Nutritional experiments indicated that sporangiospores required external sources of utilisable nitrogen and carbon compounds for maximal swelling and germ tube production. Limited development occurred when either nutrient was supplied singly. Comparison of germination of the asexual spore with that in other Mucorales, especially the Kickxellaceae, has been made, and the merosporangial status in P. unispora discussed.

Key words

Piptocephalis unispora Mucorales Kickxellaceae Electron microscopy Germination Spore swelling Sporangiospore 

Non-Standard Abbreviations


casein hydrolysate


spore quotient


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Jeffries
    • 1
  • T. W. K. Young
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied Biology, Chelsea CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland
  2. 2.Department of Applied Biology, Chelsea CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland
  3. 3.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonEngland

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