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Any of the four haploid spores borne on the basidium of a basidiomycete. Each spore develops into a mycelium that fuses with another to form a dikaryotic mycelium that typically constitutes the macroscopic stage of the life cycle.

ba·sid′i·o·spo′rous adj.


(Plants) one of the spores, usually four in number, produced in a basidium
baˌsidioˈsporous adj


(bəˈsɪd i oʊˌspɔr, -ˌspoʊr)

a spore borne by a basidium.
ba•sid`i•os′por•ous (-ˈɒs pər əs, -əˈspɔr əs, -ˈspoʊr-) adj.
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Noun1.basidiospore - a sexually produced fungal spore borne on a basidium
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"
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Inhibition of basidiospore germination by copper from MCQ, ACQ and CCA leachates.
neoformans because of differences in basidiospore morphology, environmental niches, morphologic features in vivo, limited molecular identity (55%-61% relatedness of DNA), multiple gene genealogies, unique random amplified polymorphic DNA typing patterns, and inefficient cross-species mating with the production of sterile progeny and no recombination (9).
sepiarium) formed relatively small genets which are indicative for basidiospore infection and showed limited subsequent vegetative spread.
Maghembe JA, Redhead JF (1984) Growth and ectomycorrhizal development of Pinus caribaea seedlings inoculated with basidiospores of Scleroderma dictyosporum in fertilized nursery soil in Tanzania.
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.