The methods that Dr. Richard K. Benjamin used to isolate Zygomycetes are discussed. These processes involved the following five steps: (1) collection, (2) plating, (3) isolation, (4) culture, and (5) maintenance. Additional methods, materials, and modifications used to isolate Zygomycetes are summarized. The author considers the flattening of the aerial hyphae onto the substrate of the faster- and higher-growing Mucorales for several consecutive days to be the critical step in isolating species of Coemansia, Piptocephalis, Syncephalis, and Dimargaritales. The methods used by other scholars to isolate, culture, and study many taxa in Zygomycetes also are discussed.
Benny, Gerald L.
"Methods Used by Dr. R. K. Benjamin, and Other Mycologists, to Isolate Zygomycetes,"
Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/aliso/vol26/iss1/8