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Ultrastructure of the Cuticle and Its Formation in Meloidogyne Javanica

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The cuticle of Meloidogyne consists of an osmiophilic external cortical layer, a morphologically distinct internal cortical layer and a thick fibre layer which merges with the hypodermis. These layers are not separated from each other by membranes so there is cytoplasmic connection throughout the whole cuticle. At the start of moulting the hypodermis becomes thickened and filled with ribosome-like granules, the fibre layer comes away from the hypodermis which first starts to secrete the external cortical layer and then the rest of the new cuticle. The space between the cuticles becomes filled with particles which appear to be associated with the breakdown and reabsorption of the innermost layers of the old cuticle so that finally only the external cortical layer of the old cuticle is left. After moulting the new cuticle retains its close cytoplasmic relationship with the hypodermis and increases in thickness. The processes of stimulation, moulting and cuticle reabsorption are discussed.

Affiliations: 1: Horticultural Research Section, C.S.I.R.O., Adelaide, South Australia; 2: Biochemistry Department, University of Adelaide, Adelaide

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2016-12-11

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