J-GLOBAL ID:201110098301038373   Research Resource code:5000001404 Update date:Nov. 20, 2003

Culture collection of Zygomycetes Phycomyces

Contact: KUSANO Tomonobu
Resource classification: Bio resource (DNA, Cell culture, Protein, Bacteria, Virus, etc)
Research area  (4): Heredity/genome dynamics ,  Ecology/environment ,  Form/structure ,  Living organisms diversity/classification
The zygomycetous fungus, Phycomyces, has greatly
contributed as one of the most excellent model
organisms for the development of photomorphogenesis,
sensory physiology such as phototropism and gravitropism,
developmental biology such as sporangiophore formation
and sexual development, and metabolic biochemistry.
To elucidate the mechanisms involved in these fungal
responses and behavior, numerous mutants as well as
wild types have been collected by Max Delbrük, who
won the Nobel Prize in 1969, and his collaborators at
California Institute of Technology. On Delbruck's
retirement in 1977, all his strains collected were
transferred to our laboratory in Japan, where more
additional wild types and mutants have been collected.
The number of current stocks in our laboratory are
about 500. Strain catalogue (2nd edition) issued in
1993 and Phycomyces strains have been delivered
with no charge for the convenience of researchers who
are interested in Phycomyces.
User environment and conditions:
General techniques and apparatus such as autoclave and clean bench for handling with micro organisms are needed.
User procedures and method:
[Contact] Tohoku University, Graduate School of Life
Sciences, Lab. Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology
TEL: +81-22-217-5709 (Dr. Kusano) or 217-5712
(Dr. Miyazaki)
E-Mail: or miyazaki@ige.

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