|Water mould - Phytophthora forms: A: Sporangia. B: Zoospore. C: Chlamydospore. D: Oospore|
Water mould - Phytophthora forms: A: Sporangia. B: Zoospore. C: Chlamydospore. D: Oospore
- Live as deadly parasites, causing some serious plant and animal diseases when terrestrial.
- The diploid (2N) life stage predominates, with a short haplophase initiated during sexual reproduction as well as asexual reproduction (homothallism predominates in the Family) to fuse gametes.
- The sporangia may germinate via a germ tube or by release of motile zoospores, depending on the species and the environmental conditions.
- Some Pythium species cause "damping-off" diseases in young plants (seedlings).
- C.J. Alexopolous, Charles W. Mims, M. Blackwell et al., Introductory Mycology, 4th ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken NJ, 2004) ISBN 0-471-52229-5