Cytological and Ultrastructural Aspects of Dimorphism

  • Robert G. Garrison


Until the late 1960s, when the electron microscope became widely available to the mycologist, methods of light microscopy were used for the study of the dimorphic fungi. Such studies employed fixed cellular suspensions or slide cultures to observe the transition from one growth form to the other. However, these studies were confined to gross observations of the transition process due to the resolution limitations of the light instrument. Nevertheless, one must be impressed with the careful attention given to the subject by the various investigators, since many of their findings have been subsequently confirmed by more recent studies using the electron microscope.


Yeast Cell Germ Tube Cell Transition Hyphal Cell Aspergillus Parasiticus 
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  • Robert G. Garrison
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  1. 1.The Research ServiceVeterans Administration Medical CenterKansas CityUSA

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