Hyphal Growth

S. sclerotiurum is a filamentous fungus, i.e., it grows by polar elongation of its cells at the tip.. This growth form gives rise to the spreading and tunneling habit that make fungi such successful colonizers of diverse substrates. Sclerotinia grows readily on a large range of artificial media in the lab. Its success in pathogenically colonizing living plants is widely attributed to its production of diverse cellulytic enzymes and oxalic acid during hyphal growth.

Updated 28 May 2007 by Jeffrey Rollins.


  • Hyphal morphology
  • GFP Hyphae
  • Growth Acidification

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