Horn Of Plenty

Life Cycle

Generalised Life Cycle and Growth

After spore dispersal, each grows into a haploid (strands of genetic material) mycelium with one nucleus per cell and in called a monokaryotic mycelium. In the right conditions the two types + & -, will meet and fuse to form a diakaryotic mycelium, sharing two nucleii in each cell. It will then envelop a young beech, oak seedling and begin its long life of symbiosis, some will live as long as the tree.

Collated by James M. Burton as part of H.N.D. course at Pencoed
Agricultural College. Taxanomical information correct as of 06:06:97.