SUMMARY: Changes in the pattern of electric currents that accompany the transformation of growing hyphae of into sporangia have been examined. When hyphae were transferred to a non-nutrient buffer, they continued to extend for several hours and then gave rise to sporangia. Throughout this process, current (positive charge) flowed into the apical region that corresponds approximately to the future sporangium. The current ceased after the crosswall appeared. The sporangium then remained electrically quiescent, except for a brief intense burst of outward current at the ‘homogeneous’ stage of spore cleavage. The inward current during sporangium formation largely represents an influx of protons. Addition of nitrate abolished the flow of electric current with little effect on sporulation. The late burst of outward current is most probably an artefact, generated by the discharge of salts from the sporangial vacuole. The transcellular electric current apparently plays no role in sporangium formation or in spore cleavage. Calcium ions, however, are required and may traverse the plasma membrane.


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