"Transfer Connections": Specialized Pathways for Nutrient Translocation in a Red Alga?

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Science  25 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4395, pp. 858-859
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4395.858


"Transfer connections" are morphologically and developmentally distinct pit connections in Polysiphonia (Ceramiales). They are intracellular rather than extracellular and have been observed between all cells of the diploid carposporophyte plus those specialized cells of the gametophyte suspected of providing nutritive materials to it.