Plum pocket infection, light micrograph

Plum pocket infection, light micrograph

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Caption: Plum pocket infection. Light micrograph of a section through a plum gall caused by the plum pocket fungus (Taphrina pruni). Taphrina is a parasitic ascomycete that lives in the tissue of many plants and the branches of plum (Prunus sp.) trees. It causes the formation of plum galls, a chemically induced distortion of the fruit, in which the fungus develops. The fungal hyphae (tubes) invade the cells using haustoria (dark pink) and produce spore-bearing asci between the cells. The asci disperse ascospores (spores) into the air, which germinate and grow young hyphae on another tree. Magnification: x13 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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