Submitted to: Society for Invertebrate Pathology Annual Meeting Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/18/2002
Publication Date: 8/18/2002
Citation: SOLTER, L.F., BECNEL, J.J. MANAGING MICROSPORIDIAN GERMPLASM. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL MTG. OF THE SOCIETY FOR INVERTEBRATE PATHOLOGY. 2002. p.201-205.
Technical Abstract: Studies of microsporidian taxonomy and biology are complicated by production and storage of these relatively fastidious obligate pathogens. Many research laboratories house collections of stained slides that voucher microsporidia from experimental work and field collections, mostly in the form of Giemsa or osmium stains. These collections are valuable but microsporidia often lack morphological characteristics that can be used to positively identify species and biotypes, or to compare them with type species that were also vouchered as stained slides. The need for production and storage of working stock for experimentation, as well as for DNA sequencing, make efforts aimed at preserving microsporidia as viable spores an important issue.