Mushroom Creates Wind to Spread Spores

Mushroom Creates Wind to Spread Spores

A new research has figured out the reason behind mushroom's ability to spread their seed for further reproduction. It was found with the help of the study that mushrooms create airflow by allowing their moisture to evaporate. As a result, they make wind to carry their spores.

UCLA researcher Marcus Roper said the ability of mushroom to create wind makes its pores to find a new, moist location to land and begin growing.

Roper and colleague Emilie Dressaire, a professor of experimental fluid mechanics at Trinity College in Hartford, used a laser light and a high-speed camera to visualize the spread of spores from mushrooms.

The study was discussed on November 25 at the annual meeting of the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Dynamics in Pittsburgh. He said that all mushroom-producing fungi are highly likely to have the same ability to spread their spores in this way.

There are various methods used by plants to spread seeds like gravity. This study by Roper and Dressaire has presented a good example that how fungi can manipulate their environment.

"If you go in to the woods with a flashlight at night you can see the spores going out in great big clouds," Roper said.

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