Sexual reproduction in Aspergillus flavus sclerotia naturally produced in corn.

@article{Horn2014SexualRI,
  title={Sexual reproduction in Aspergillus flavus sclerotia naturally produced in corn.},
  author={Bruce W Horn and Ronald B. Sorensen and Marshall C. Lamb and Victor Sobolev and Rodrigo A. Olarte and Carolyn J Worthington and Ignazio Carbone},
  journal={Phytopathology},
  year={2014},
  volume={104 1},
  pages={75-85}
}
Aspergillus flavus is the major producer of carcinogenic aflatoxins worldwide in crops. Populations of A. flavus are characterized by high genetic variation and the source of this variation is likely sexual reproduction. The fungus is heterothallic and laboratory crosses produce ascospore-bearing ascocarps embedded within sclerotia. However, the capacity for sexual reproduction in sclerotia naturally formed in crops has not been examined. Corn was grown for 3 years under different levels of… CONTINUE READING