SUMMARY: Autolytic glucanase and protease activity was detected in cell walls of some pythium species prepared by ultrasonic treatment. The glucanase activity was correlated with mycelial development. Maximal glucose release was detected in growing cultures during the linear growth period of the fungus. Assays of glucanase activity in cell walls prepared from mycelium harvested at different times showed that the enzymic activity increased with the age of mycelium from which the cell walls were prepared. The relationship between autolytic enzymes and mycelial development is discussed.


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