Sterol Induction of Reproduction and Stimulation of Growth of Pythium and Phytophthora

Science  22 May 1964:
Vol. 144, Issue 3621, pp. 1028-1029
DOI: 10.1126/science.144.3621.1028


Sterols of fungal, plant, and animal origin induced sexual reproduction in Pythium periplocum and Phytophthora megasperma var. sojae and the formation of large zoosporangia in Phytophthora parasitica var. nicotianae. Some sterols, especially cholesterol, stimulated growth.