Reproductive systems: Sex and the single lichen

@article{Murtagh2000ReproductiveSS,
  title={Reproductive systems: Sex and the single lichen},
  author={G. J. Murtagh and P. Dyer and P. Crittenden},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2000},
  volume={404},
  pages={564-564}
}
Most lichenized fungi produce abundant sexual structures, and in many species sexual spores seem to provide the only means of dispersal. For example, 90% of lichens found in Great Britain and Ireland produce ascomata (fruit bodies) containing sexually derived ascospores, whereas only 29% form symbiotic vegetative propagules. Sex in lichenized fungi has been assumed to equate with outcrossing, but failure to induce sexuality in vitro has prevented experimental investigation of their breeding… Expand
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