Fruiting body of bread mould, Mucor

Fruiting body of bread mould, Mucor

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of a sporangium, or fruiting body, of a common bread mould Mucor mucedo. Spores circulate freely in the air. When they alight on a favourable medium, they germinate a network of hyphae (threads), the function of which is to absorb food for growth & spore production. The spores of this species are borne in a saclike body called a sporangium. This globular structure grows at the end of a specialised hypha called a sporangiophore. Its wall cracks & fragments under pressure of the maturing spores & finally disintegrates, releasing the spores for dispersal by wind. Magnification X1600 (10x8 size).

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Keywords: bread, bread mould, eumycota, fungal, fungi, fungus, mold, mould, mouldy, mucor mucedo, mycology, nature, scanning electron micrograph, sem, sporangiophore, sporangium

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