Germination of the myxospores of Myxococcus xanthus.
Unlike the case of Chondromyces, where the multicellular sporangiole
is the unit of germination, in M. xanthus, the spores are not contained
in sporangioles and each individual spore germinates. The mature spores
are resistant, metabolically quiescent and optically refractile. Upon germination,
the spore darkens, loses its resistance,becomes metabolically active, elongates,
acquires the characteristic gliding motility and moves off, leaving the
germinated spore coat behind.
additional information see reference #7 in "references".
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