Influence of Lectins on Constricting Ring Formation by Arthrobotrys dactyloides

  • D. T. Kaplan, E. L. Davis, and D. E. Walter


Incubation of Arthrobotrys dactyloides conidia in the presence of Radopholus citrophilus in lectin solutions with their corresponding sugars did not alter the stimulation of trap formation in solutions containing lectins alone. The lack of inhibition of lectin-stimulated trap formation by sugars or by lectin denaturation and the lack of lectin specificity indicate that the carbohydrate-binding regions of the particular lectins studied are not the stimulatory moieties of these macromolecules. Key words: Arthrobotrys, biological control, carbohydrate, fungus, lectin, Radopholus citrophilus, recognition.