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Spore Germination Questions

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Most spores germinate when moist conditions prevail. Free water enters the spore, causing initiation of metabolic processes that transform stored energy for use in growth and development.


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Lack of germination may be caused by unsuitable environmental conditions such as low temperature, even in the presence of free water, physiologically immature spores, or dormancy.


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Dormant spores enable a fungus to pass through conditions which are not conducive to survival as a thallus. These might be periods of dryness, low temperatures or high irradiation. Dormant spores are usually produced at the same time as spores which lack dormancy so a variety of germination conditions enable the fungus to colonise over a long time period. Overall, dormancy in spores provides a fungus with a greater chance of survival.


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Dormancy appears to be associated with cytoplasmic or wall-bound factors. The factors either prevent imbibation, metabolic activity or movement of germination factors to a site of activation.


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