ID#: 19044
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Under a magnification of 475X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the fungal organism, Penicillium sclerotiorum. In this particular view, you can see numerous, simple conidiophores, topped with numerous, tightly packed, ampulliform-shaped phialides, and their respective chains of conidia, one per each phialide, forming the characteristic, brush shaped cluster known as a penicillus. During its reproductive cycle, P. sclerotiorum is known to produce what are known as sclerotic bodies, or sclerotia, which are structures that act as mechanisms of regeneration composed of a hard, environmentally resistant mass of heterogeneous fungal tissues that are able, under favorable conditions, to germinate a new fungal colony. For a closer view of a P. sclerotiorum colony’s sclerotia, see PHIL 8395, and 19038.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. Lucille K. Georg
Creation Date: 1971
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