Canadian Journal of Botany - Revue Canadienne de Botanique (1996) 74, 1050-1057

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C.W. Mims and R.L. Doudrick (1996)
Ultrastructure of spermatia and spermatium ontogeny in the rust fungus Cronartium quercuum f.sp. fusiforme
Canadian Journal of Botany - Revue Canadienne de Botanique 74 (7), 1050-1057
Abstract: Spermogonia of Cronartium quercuum f.sp. fusiforme developed just beneath the bark on galled regions of infected pine seedlings. Spermogonia consist of flattened, spreading, island-like masses of fungal tissue covered with a thin layer of liquid containing large numbers of spermatia. Spermatia arose in an annellophoric fashion from the tips of long, slender sporogenous cells produced in a distinct layer. Each sporogenous cell contained a large prominent nucleus that underwent mitosis as each spermatium initial developed. One of the resulting nuclei moved into the initial while the other remained in the sporogenous cell. Once a spermatium was delimited, it was pushed away from the tip of the sporogenous cell as another spermatium initial developed below it. Once delimited, a spermatium underwent specific morphological changes as it matured. A mature spermatium was subpyriform in shape and surrounded by a thin wall. In addition to a single large nucleus each spermatium contained ribosomes, mitochondria, lipid bodies, strands of endoplasmic reticulum, vacuole-like inclusions, and many small vesicles that packed its base.
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Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
general biology - morphology - evolution

Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.

Cronartium quercuum Pine (Pinus) U.S.A. (SE)