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The hardened, resting or encysted condition of the plasmodium of Myxomycetes.
A hardened, resting mass of hyphae, usually black on the outside, from which fructifications may develop.



in fungi, a dormant stage that occurs under unfavorable conditions. The sclerotium is a round or elongate body formed by the close intertwining of the hyphae of some ascomycetous, basidial, and imperfect fungi—for example, ergot, sclerotinia, Brazilian polyporous fungus, and monilia. The sclerotium usually ranges in size from a fraction of a millimeter to 2 cm. Some larger forms occur; for example, in the Brazilian polyporous fungus the sclerotium reaches 30 cm in diameter and 20 kg in weight. The cells of the outer part of the sclerotium are dark and thick-walled, whereas those of the interior are colorless and thin-walled.

The sclerotium contains little water (5–10 percent) but is rich in nutritive substances. Under favorable conditions the sclerotium buds and forms fruiting bodies in ascomycetous and basidial fungi or mycelia with conidia in imperfect fungi. The sclerotium may remain viable for several years. The ergot sclerotium contains several alkaloids, including ergotoxine, ergometrine, and ergotamine, which are used medicinally as parturifacients and antihemorrhagics (to treat uterine hermorrhages).

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phaseolina was taken from the periphery of the petri dishes, spread onto other petri dishes containing glucose agar medium (glucose, 20 g; agar, 20 g; and water, 1 L) and incubated in the dark at 27 2C for 7 days for sclerotial formation.
In addition, the result also give us the idea on the amount of aflatoxin produced by Aspegillus flavus in Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) since aflatoxin production in the fungi are interrelated with the sclerotial formation [6].
Selection of fungal biological control agents of Sclerotium cepivorum for control of white rot by sclerotial degradation in UK soil.
Mean isolation rating (MIR) for the presence of Macrophomina phaseolina in soybean root tissue taken 90 days post-emergence from soil containing cornmeal/sand inoculum or from seedlings inoculated with a hanging drop of sclerotial suspension.
solani in in vitro studies with maximum inhibitory effect on growth and sclerotial formation.
Reduced sclerotial soil longevity by whole crop amendment and plastic covering.
The phenotypic characteristics of Rhizoctonia isolates were investigated based on sclerotial morphology.
2b) Sclerotial bodies were of black color and different size (Dhingra and Sinclair 1973; Aboshosha et al.
WHITE MOLD is a serious disease of common bean hat results in major yield loss, and reduced seed quality (Steadman, 1979) as sclerotial bodies produced by the fungus can contaminate the commercial food crop.
The seedlings were observed and rated for disease incidence when they showed any one of the typical Fusarial and Sclerotial infection like drooping of leaves; necrotic lesions at base, lodging-off and wilted plants.
Effect ofenvironmental factors and Sclerotium cepivorum isolate on sclerotial degradation and biological control of white rot by Trichoderma.