Rhizopus stolonifer sporangiospores: A wet-harvested spore is not a native spore

Kenneth W. Nickerson, Shelby N. Freer, James L. Van Etten

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Rhizopus stolonifer sporangiospores were harvested with and without contact with water. The wet-harvested spores differed from the dry-harvested spores in that they: (i) incorporated 14CO2 into both tricarboxylic acid-soluble and -insoluble material; (ii) possessed polyribosomes; (iii) did not maintain viability during storage at room temperature; and (iv) gradually exhibited altered nutritional requirements for germination. Consequently, wet-harvested spores cannot be considered to be either native or dormant. Even brief (30 min) exposures to water during harvesting caused the spores to commence metabolic activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-192
Number of pages4
JournalExperimental Mycology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1981


  • Rhizopus stolonifer
  • sporangiospores harvesting
  • spores wet vs dry harvesting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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