Fruiting bodies of two types of bread mould

Fruiting bodies of two types of bread mould

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of the fruiting bodies of two types of bread mould growing on bread, Mucor mucedo, & Penicillium sp. Spores circulate freely in the air. On a favourable medium, they germinate an extensive network of hyphae (threads), the function of which is to absorb food for growth & for the production of spores. Spores may be borne in saclike bodies called sporangia. The globular sporangia here, both the immature (fuzzy) & mature form, belong to Mucor. Some spores, as in Penicillium, are borne directly on special hyphae called conidiophores (feathery bodies); the spores are called conidia. Magnification X500 (10x8 size).

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Keywords: bread, bread mould, conidiophore, eumycota, fungal, fungi, fungus, hyphae, mold, mould, mouldy, mucor mucedo, mycology, nature, naturemycology, penicillium sp., scanning electron micrograph, sem, sporangium

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