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A spore formed within an ascus.

as′co·spo′rous (-spôr′əs, ăs-kŏs′pər-əs), as′co·spor′ic (-spôr′ĭk, -spŏr′-) adj.


(Botany) one of the spores (usually eight in number) that are produced in an ascus


(ˈæs kəˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr)

a spore formed within an ascus.
as`co•spor′ic (-ˈspɔr ɪk, -ˈspɒr-) adj.
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Noun1.ascospore - sexually produced fungal spore formed within an ascusascospore - sexually produced fungal spore formed within an ascus
spore - a small usually single-celled asexual reproductive body produced by many nonflowering plants and fungi and some bacteria and protozoans and that are capable of developing into a new individual without sexual fusion; "a sexual spore is formed after the fusion of gametes"
References in periodicals archive ?
An ascospore is a spore contained in an ascus, or which was produced inside an ascus--the spore-bearing cell produced in ascomycete fungi.
Only the ascospore ornamentation differs, and the subtle differences cannot be seen by using light microscopy.
Observations made in experimental field plots and ascospore progeny analysis indicated prevalence of specific matings between stromata of the same host suggesting that flies are species specific in their visitation behavior.
On the basis of the above characteristics, and especially taking into account the ascospore ornamentation observed under scanning electron microscopy (Figure 2), we identified the isolate as N.
Hypocrea/Trichoderma (Ascomycota, Hypocreales, Hypocreaceae): species with green ascospores, Studies in Mycology 48: 1-119.
Basidiospores, 98%; Cladosporium, 97%; Ascospores, 92%) were detected most frequently indoor and reflected what was detected outdoors and molds associated with severe water damage (e.
3]) Sample 1 Duplicate Sample algae - - Alternaria - - ascospores 75 225 basidiospores 633 633 Botrytis - - Cercospora - - Cladosporium 83 142 clear brown - - Curvularia - - Curvularia-Xike - - Dechslera/Bipolaris group - - Epicoccum - - Helicosporium / Helicomyces - - hyphal elements 8 - Monochaetia - - Nigrospora - - Oidium - - Penicillium/Aspergillus 150 83 group Peronospora - - smuts, Periconia, - - myxomycetes Torula - - unknown - - Total 949 1083 Table 6.