Mushrooms 'Make Wind' to Spread Spores

November 25, 2013 4:31 PM

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Mushrooms 'Make Wind' to Spread Spores

Many once thought that mushrooms spread by passively dropping their spores, after which the reproductive packets would hopefully get picked up by a gust of wind, and carried thither and yon.

But new research shows mushrooms take a more active role in spreading their seed: They "make wind" to carry their spores about, said UCLA researcher Marcus Roper.

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