Life history studies and conidial anamorphs
The anamorphs of some of these taxa have been isolated and studied
(Davidson, 1960; Gremmen, 1949; Harrington 1990; Hughes, 1960;
Paden 1972, 1974, 1984; Pfister 1973a) but for many others even
this minimal information is lacking. Even where conidial anamorphs
have been described there is a question of whether the propagules
produced function as conidia or as spermatia, particularly in
the Sarcoscyphaceae (Paden, 1972). We will study the anamorphs
morphologically and attempt to place them in currently accepted
classification schemes (Hennebert and Sutton, 1994; Sutton and
Hennebert, 1994; Kendrick and Murase, 1994). Anamorph characters
will also be used to aid in the phylogenetic analysis of this
group. Cultures will be obtained from culture collections and
mycological associates, but primarily from our own field collections.
These cultures will also be used to study vegetative compatibilities.
Where appropriate cultures will be deposited in the American
Type Culture Collection.