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 (hō′mō-thăl′ĭk, hŏm′ō-)
Capable of self-fertilization. Used of certain fungi and algae.

[homo- + Greek thallos, young shoot; see thallo- + -ic.]

ho′mo·thal′lism n.
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(Botany) (of some algae and fungi) having both male and female reproductive organs on the same thallus, which can be self-fertilizing. Compare heterothallic
[C20: from homo- + Greek thallos green shoot]
ˌhomoˈthallism n
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(ˌhoʊ məˈθæl ɪk, ˌhɒm ə-)

1. (of a fungus) having all mycelia alike, the opposite sexual functions being performed by different cells of a single mycelium.
[1900–05; homo- + thall (us) + -ic]
ho`mo•thal′lism, n.
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fimicola belongs to saprophytic genera and is homothallic; grows well on organic material, isolated from dung of herbivores and is wide spread in nature.
This inoculum preparation protocol resulted in the production of mycelium, sporangia and chlamydospores for all four species, and possibly in the production of oospores for the homothallic (i.e., self-fertile) P.
In homothallic fungi, self-fertility is possible when both mating type genes are present and functional within the same organism, either on different chromosomes or adjacent to the same chromosome.
It is self-fertile (homothallic) and complete its life cycle within 10 days on a large variety of common growth media used in the research laboratories.