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Variation of fruiting body productivity in protoplast fusants between compatible monokaryons ofLentinula edodes

Abstract

Mycelial protoplasts of two compatible monokaryons ofLentinula edodes were prepared, and electro-fusion was undertaken. Sixteen dikaryons isolated after the electrofusion were tested for their fruiting abilities in comparison to the two dikaryons obtained by reciprocal mycelial mating. There were significant differences in fruiting body yield among the fusants, and some of them produced more fruiting bodies than did normally mated dikaryons. Although these dikaryons were divided into five genetically different groups by isozyme analyses and a cluster analysis, we could not find clear differences among the groups in terms of fruiting body yield, mycelial growth rate, or degree of wood decay. It appeared that fruiting body yield correlated positively with the mycelial growth rate but negatively with the degree of wood decay.

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Tokimoto, K., Fukuda, M., Matsumoto, T. et al. Variation of fruiting body productivity in protoplast fusants between compatible monokaryons ofLentinula edodes . J Wood Sci 44, 469–472 (1998). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00833412

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Key words

  • Fruiting body productivity
  • Lentinula edodes
  • Breeding
  • Protoplast-fusion
  • Isozyme analysis