Robert M. Thornton

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Crystalloids accumulate in the vacuoles of the giant sporangiophores of Phycomyces blakesleeanus Burgeff during growth. On the basis of solubility in alkaline solutions, cytochemical staining reactions, trypsin sensitivity, optical absorption and response in the Lowry protein test, the crystalloids have been judged to consist principally of an acidic(More)
The cytological organization of the apices of sporangiophores and hyphae ofPhycomyces Blakesleeanus was studied by means of light- and electron microscopy. The sporangiophore apex in growth stage I contains a mass of cytoplasm in which is embedded a cluster of lipid globules. Within the plug several zones are differentiated by the grouping of organelles.(More)
Developmental distinctions between giant and dwarf fruiting bodies of Phycomyces blakesleeanus (Burgeff) were studied by means of size measurements and growth analyses. Histograms of fruiting body lengths showed a bimodal distribution, with peaks around 0.3 millimeter (dwarfs) and 30 millimeters (giants). Individual cultures contain both giants and dwarfs.(More)
In the course of an experimental study of phototropism in seedlings (1, 2) attention has been directed to the plastids as possible participants in the light-detection process. This led to a microscopic study of the cells of the oat coleoptile and thence to the discovery of the body which is the subject of this note. The materials were chosen for their(More)
The influence of light on asexual fruiting and mycelial growth of Phycomyces blakesleeanus Burgeff was studied by means of fruiting body counts and size measurements in cultures on solid media under varied incubation conditions. Five types of photoresponses were shown by ATCC Strain 8743a: (a) photoinduction of giant sporangiophores; (b) interference by(More)
The oxygen storage capacities and the tolerance to submergence of an aquatic snake, Natrix sipedon, and a non-aquatic snake, Crotalus viridis, were determined and compared. C. viridis was found to have a larger oxygen storage capacity, hemoglobin content and blood volume than N. Sipedon. The submergence time for C. viridis was 30.13 min which was less than(More)
The transport of indole-3-acetic acid-1-(14)C (IAA) through 4 mm segments of etiolated Avena coleoptiles was studied as a function of time by applying IAA in apical agar blocks and measuring the basal IAA export rate at 5-minute intervals. The transport velocity found in this way is at least 15 mm/hour at 26 degrees . Following a 30-minute equilibration(More)
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