created by fungi
which is thickly encysted
(has a thick cell wall
) in order to survive through stressful times, such as drought.
Creates the phenomenon known as late potato blight
- Does this by virtue of the fact that the resting spore can lie dormant within the soil of a field for decades until the right conditions occur for viability (plant host present, rain, fire etc.).
- C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell, Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5