Steve Carpenter - Cascade Research Assoc. microbe at
Thu Oct 31 09:22:45 EST 1996

Kelly Patrice Collins (kpcollin at wrote:
: Does anyone know if there is a structure analagous to a cleistothecium in 
: the Deuteromycota?

The cleistothecium contains reproductive propagules in a closed sphere.  
In this case, the propagules are the result of meiosis.  The spores are 
released after the cleistothecial wall breaks down.

The closest thing in the Deuteromycetes which comes to mind is the
pycnidium, which is flask-shaped.  It has a small orifice through which
the spores emerge.  The propagules are a result of mitosis.  

You might find something to fit your analogy better if you browse a bit 
in a university library in the mycology systematics section.

-Steven E. Carpenter, Ph.D.
 Cascade Research Associates
  & Abbey Lane Laboratory
 microbe at 

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