Resting spore

Resting spore

A spore created by fungi which is thickly encysted (has a thick cell wall) in order to survive through stressful times, such as drought.

Characteristics

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.).

References

  • C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell, Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5

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