Plasmodium (life cycle)

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For the genus of parasitic protozoa, which causes malaria, see Plasmodium.

A plasmodium is an amoeboid, multinucleate and naked mass of protoplasm having many diploid nuclei and is the result of many nuclear divisions without cytokinesis[1] (coenocyte) and it usually refers to the feeding stage of macroscopic slime molds (i.e. myxomycetes).[2] It can also refer to the multinucleate developmental stages (i.e. merogonial plasmodium and sporogonial plasmodium) of intracellular parasitic cnidosporans (Microsporidia and Myxosporidia), or to the ameboid, multinucleate and lacking a cell wall protoplast formed by cell fusion (syncytia) of some algae, e.g. Chlorarachniophyta.[3]


  1. ^ Sharma OP. (1988). "4. Myxomycota". Textbook of Fungi. Boston: McGraw Hill Higher Education. pp. 33–48. ISBN 0-07-460329-9. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  2. ^ Berg, Linda (2008). Introductory Botany: Plants, People, and the Environment (2nd ed.). Belmont CA: Thomson Corporation. p. 398. ISBN 0-03-075453-4. 
  3. ^ Hoek, C. van den, Mann, D.G. and Jahns, H.M. (1995). Algae An Introduction to Phycology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-30419-9.