Being single a real drag for spores

Being single a real drag for spores

Fungus creates a breeze when launching thousands of gametes

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 16:17 PM September 27, 2010

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Fungi don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. They make their own. Forcibly ejecting thousands of spores into still air creates a little puff that can carry the fungal offspring 20 times farther than a single spore travels alone, researchers report online the week of September 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By working together to stir the air around them, the spores can dodge nearby obstacles such as leaves, reach other air curren...

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