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Structural and developmental studies of Chlamydomyzium oviparasiticum from Rhabditis nematodes and in culture

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sally Glockling, Dr Gordon Beakes


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The oomycete (Peronosporomycete) Chlamydomyzium oviparasiticum, previously recorded as a parasite of rotifer eggs, was found infecting Rhabditis nematodes in a sample of rotting garden compost. For the first time C. oviparasiticum was cultured in liquid media, which enabled more detailed studies of zoospore behaviour and facilitated the use of confocal microscopy. Rhabditis nematodes were successfully re-infected from liquid-cultured inoculum. Light (including video) microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to document details of thallus development, zoospore release and resting spore morphology to enable comparison with other oomycete species. This species showed several significant saprolegnialian characters such as the 'achlyoid' pattern of spore formation, centrifugal cleavage and structured encystment vesicles. In contrast, spore release into a transient vesicle was a peronosporalean characteristic. The thick-walled resting spores showed relatively poor cytoplasmic preservation and had a thick multi-layered wall. It was still not possible to unequivocably decide whether these were chlamydospores or parthenogenically formed oospores. The phylogenetic significance of these observations is discussed. © 2006.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Glockling SL, Beakes GW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Mycological Research

Year: 2006

Volume: 110

Issue: 9

Pages: 1119-1126

ISSN (print): 0953-7562

ISSN (electronic): 1469-8102

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.


DOI: 10.1016/j.mycres.2006.06.007


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