Portuguese marine fungi and the contribution of differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy for their morphological identification

E. Azevedo, M.F. Caeiro, M. Barata
2013 Microscopy and Microanalysis  
Marine fungi occur either in Open Ocean or in the intertidal zone of sandy beaches, salt marshes and mangroves, where their hosts and substrates are found. The development of morphological adaptations like appendages and sheaths of the spores are vital to the settlement and attachment to substrate surfaces, floatation and dispersion on seawater. The morphological features of these appendages and sheaths of spores also have an important role in the identification of marine fungi. Differential
more » ... gi. Differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy is an essential tool for the observation of these mucilaginous structures in marine fungi spores and was therefore applied to marine mycota from surveys along the Portuguese coast.
doi:10.1017/s1431927613000706 fatcat:kv76l7qjovalzckp3krsur6alm