Sexual Reproduction in Higher Fungi

  • C. Staben


Sexual reproduction has two critical effects upon fungi: it provides the developmental mechanism to generate sexual spores and the potential during meiosis for changes (repair, recombination, and reassortment) to the genome and gene pool. Many other events are associated with sexual reproduction, as well. For mycologists, sexual reproduction provides a major traditional taxonomic character and a useful mechanism for studying the genome.


Fruiting Body Sexual Reproduction Mating Type Neurospora Crassa High Fungus 
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  • C. Staben
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  1. 1.T.H. Morgan School of Biological SciencesUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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