Ultrastructure of Laticifers Modifications in Hevea brasiliensis Infected with Root Rot Fungi


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This paper presents some aspects of latex coagulation inside latice vessels of roots of Hevea brasiliensis infected by two fungi: Rigidoporus lignosus and Phellinus noxius. Three stages are described in latex coagulation: the phase of latex destabilisation characterized by the bursting of vacuoles and lysosomes membranes; the phase of latex coagulation characterized by the fusion of rubber particles and the disorganization of the cytoplasm; the formation of shots of rubber clumps indicating the final stage of coagulation.