Shaggy ink cap spore dispersal

Shaggy ink cap spore dispersal

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Credit: KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spore dispersal in the shaggy ink cap fungus (Coprinus comatus) showing a section of the vertically arranged gills of the cap. When the basidiospores are released in an explosive fashion they do not want to finish up hitting the adjacent gill surface, to avoid this the gills are kept apart to about twice the distance of the spore discharge and this is achieved by the growth of large cells containing water which are called cystidia. These cystidia can be seen as translucent oblong sacs between the gills in the photo.

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Keywords: basidiomycetes, basidiospores, biological, biology, cap, close-up, coprinus comatus, cystidia, cystidium, dispersal, edible, fungus, gill, gills, light micrograph, light microscope, mushroom, mushrooms, mycology, reproduction, reproductive, shaggy ink cap, spore, spores, toadstool, toadstools

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