ascocarp

[as-kuh-kahrp]
noun Mycology.
(in ascomycetous fungi) the fruiting body bearing the asci, as an apothecium or perithecium.

Origin:
1885–90; asco- + -carp

ascocarpous, adjective
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ascocarp (ˈæskəˌkɑːp)
 
n
apothecium See perithecium (in some ascomycetous fungi) a globular structure containing the asci

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ascocarp   (ās'kə-kärp')  Pronunciation Key 
An ascus-bearing structure found in the fungi known as ascomycetes. Ascocarps are composed of interwoven hyphae, and in many species they are visible, forming the most prominent part of the fungus. Ascocarps may be cup-shaped, spherical, or flask-shaped.
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ascocarp

fruiting structure of fungi of the phylum Ascomycota (kingdom Fungi). It arises from vegetative filaments (hyphae) after sexual reproduction has been initiated. The ascocarp (in forms called apothecium, cleistothecium [cleistocarp], or perithecium) contain saclike structures (asci) that usually bear four to eight ascospores. Apothecia are stalked and either disklike, saucer-shaped, or cup-shaped with exposed asci. The largest known apothecium, produced by Geopyxis cacabus, has a stalk 1 metre (40 inches) high and a cup 50 centimetres (20 inches) across. Cleistothecia are spherical and must rupture or disintegrate to release their ascospores. Perithecia are globular or flask-shaped with an apical opening for discharge of ascospores.

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Ascocarp development will be monitored from ascocarp initials to maturity.
However, incubation in continuous darkness increased ascocarp density.
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