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High concentrations of Syncephalastrum racemosum spores germinated less readily than low concentrations. Extensive washing of spores alleviated this inhibition of germination. Analysis of the spore washings revealed the main constituent to be nonanoic acid. Exogenously added nonanoic acid was found to mimic the self-inhibition, in that it delayed the time of germ tube emergence and increased the lag before spore swelling commenced.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek

Publication Date

1980

Volume

46

Pages

435 - 441

Keywords

Fatty Acids, Growth Inhibitors, Mucorales, Spores, Fungal