Summary: Examination of thin sections of sporulating wild-type colonies revealed new structural details of the development of the sporulation-septum walls. Spores with very thick (about 75 nm) three-layered walls were seen in spore preparations.

Of the sporulation defective (whi) mutants examined, whiDI6 was defective in spore-wall thickening while whiF99 was defective in rounding up and produced rod-shaped, thick-walled spores. A third mutant (whi-92) showed occasional abnormality in sporulation-septum spacing and produced immature as well as mature spores. One mutant (whi-53) produced only a few spores, all structurally normal. In two mutants, structural abnormalities in spores were absent or rare.


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