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The Ascus Apex in Lichenized Fungi IV. Baeomyces and Icmadophila in Comparison with Cladonia (Lecanorales) and the Non-Lichenized Leotia (Helotiales)*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 March 2007

Rosmarie Honegger
Cytology Department, Institute of Plant Biology, University of Zürich, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland.


This comparative investigation on ascus fine structure and function substantiates the findings of Chadefaud (1960) and his coworkers indicating a close taxonomic relationship between the Baeomycetaceae and Leotia, a non-lichenized member of the Helotiales, rather than between the Baeomycetaceae and the Cladoniaceae and other members of the Lecanorales. Besides the distinct differences in ascus structure and function, cytological divergences were noted between the Baeomycetaceae and Leotia on one hand, and Cladoniaceae on the other. The occurrence of glycogen in the Baeomycetaceae and Leotia, but not in the Cladoniaceae and other members of the Lecanorineae, and the differences in phycobiont preference and thus in the mycobiont–phycobiont contact in the Baeomycetaceae and Cladoniaceae were discussed.

Research Article
Copyright © British Lichen Society 1983

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III in Lichenologist 14: 205-217 (1982.)


* III in Lichenologist 14: 205-217 (1982.)