Research Project Report

Fungi Living in the Guts of Arthropods

Robert W. Lichtwardt
University of Kansas

Published 1961-01-01


The investigations conducted at the Station from June 20 to August 2, 1961 were a continuation of studies initiated the previous summer on the Trichomycetes, a group of obligate commensal fungi that live, with the exception of one genus, in the digestive tract of various arthropods. A primary objective was to study in more detail some of the very interesting discoveries of the previous summer, particularly relating to the development of the fungal thalli, the structure of the peculiar appendages found on some of the spores, and the phenomena of "sexuality" in these fungi. The major part of the work involved Trichomycetes associated with Diptera larvae. Project Number 104.