Attachment and Germination of Conidia

  • S. J. Read
  • S. T. Moss
  • E. B. G. Jones
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 94)


Aquatic hyphomycetes have been shown to be successful colonizers of leaf material in freshwater streams (Ingold 1956, 1966, 1975, 1984; Shearer and Webster 1985a,b; Webster 1981). The initial requirements for colonization of a fresh substratum are the formation and liberation of conidia by the parent colony; these reach a peak concomitant with leaf fall (Chamier et al. 1984; Shearer and Webster 1985a,b; Chap. 3). Increases in amounts and variety of substrata, water turbulence and rapid growth rates have been implicated in this seasonal periodicity of increased inoculum (Sanders and Webster 1980; Webster and Descals 1981; Suberkropp 1984). It has also been suggested (Shearer and Webster 1985b; Chaps. 4, 5) that species of aquatic hyphomycetes may possess a resting stage such as the teleomorphic and chlamydosporic stage for their survival during unfavourable conditions and to provide an inoculum when new substrata become available.


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  • S. T. Moss
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