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germ pore

(pl. germ pores)

Terms discussed: apical pore (pl. apical pores), germ slit (pl. germ slits), germ tube


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apiculus




Image of Cantharellus from Joseph Henri LÚveillÚ (1837) Sur le hymenium des champignons in Annales des Sciences Naturelles. Botanique
Cantharellus
Some spores have a hole in the cell wall, through which the first strand of germinating mycelium (or germ tube) emerges. If the cell wall is slit, in a similar fashion, from one end to the other, this is called a germ slit. Often, the germ pore is at one end of the spore and is called an apical pore.

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Here, we see the germ tube beginning to develop into a mycelium.

 

 


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