The Fungus Among Us
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Another Modern Fungus-related Problem
 
Phallus ravenelii
 
SPORES: FUNGI'S SECRET WEAPON
The future of most fungi hangs—quite literally—in the air. Although we can't see them with the naked eye, the atmosphere around us is filled with microscopic fungal spores.

Spores are tiny fungal fragments, either single cells or cell clusters. Spores can be produced sexually, when two neighbouring hyphae mate and produce a fruitbody, or asexually, by breaking off from an individual parent hypha.

The only reason mushrooms exist at all (apart from providing us with gastronomic delights!) is to manufacture and disperse spores from their gills or equivalent structures.

Fungi have evolved some remarkable—even startling—ways of making sure their spores disperse to new locations where they will germinate and grow into new colonies. Most spores ride the wind, some swim, and others hitch a ride on insects or other animals (even humans). Some are quite explosive!
 
Borne on the Wind
A Drop of Rain
Easy Riders
Getting in the Swim
Gunning It
 
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