Myxomycotes developed on grain in moist chamber cultures

Authors: Härkönen, Marja & Koponen, Hilkka
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 18 (1978), Issue 2, pages 58-62.
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Abstract:  Cereal seeds from 16 localities in Finland were grown in 1480 moist chamber cultures. Six species of Myxomycetes emerged. Three are new to Finland: Didymium comatum (A. Lister) Nann.-Brem., D. cf. dubium Rost. and D. iridis (Ditmar) Fries. The others are: Physarum apiculosporum Härkönen, Didymium dijforme (Pers.) S. F. Gray and D. squamulosum (Alb. & Schw.) Fries. The assortment of species is smaller and differs distinctly from that emerging on bark from living trees in moist chambers.
Myxomycetous spores are more resistant to drying than those of the other fungi on grain. On the other hand, slime moulds develop most oten in the same dishes where the other fungi are most abundant.