Role of Trehalose in Ascospores of Neurospora Tetrasperma

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Science  13 Nov 1959:
Vol. 130, Issue 3385, pp. 1343
DOI: 10.1126/science.130.3385.1343


The anthrone-positive material extractable in 80 percent alcohol, whose disappearance is correlated with the breaking of dormancy, has been found to be a non-reducing sugar which yields only glucose upon hydrolysis. On the basis of its crystal structure, infrared spectrum, melting point, specific rotation, and chromatographic properties, this material has been identified as trehalose.