Schizophyllum commune

Studies of Schizophyllum, as well as of other members of the Basidiomycetes, were concerned first with the general features of the life cycle and later with the details of sexuality

John R. Raper; Robert M. Hoffman

2013

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  • Studies of Schizophyllum, as well as of other members of the Basidiomycetes, were concerned first with the general features of the life cycle and later with the details of sexuality
  • It was found that two distinct vegetative mycelial stages occurred: first, the homokaryon stage, typically consisting of uninucleate cells with simple septa, and second, the dikaryon stage, constituted of binucleate cells with buckle-shaped appendages at the septa
  • Matilde Bensaude of Nemours, France, and Hans Kniep of Wiirtzburg, Germany, independently discovered that the dikaryon was the heterokaryotic product of the sexual interaction of two compatible homokaryotic mycelia in Coprinus lagopus and Schizophyllum commune, respectively
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