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Abstract

The purpose of working at the Station was to look for and study new species of fungi belonging to the Trichomycetes. The Trichomycetes are a group of fungi of unique habitat that live within the guts of living arthropods, where they attach themselves by means of a holdfast to the chitinous lining of the gut. One genus (Amoebidium) is attached to the host externally. Though they are intimately associated with their hosts, they all appear to live as obligate commensals rather than as strict parasites. None of the endocommensals has been cultured successfully outside of its host. Project Number 104.

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