Earth ball fungus, light micrograph

Earth ball fungus, light micrograph

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Caption: Earth ball fungus. Light micrograph of a section through tissue from the fruiting body of an earth ball (Scleroderma vulgare) mushroom. The fruiting body has an outside peridium that is thick and scaly (crimson), inside which is a reticulum of hyphae that form hymenium layers (pink). The hymenium produces basidia which produce basidiospores that are released inside the ball forming a gleba. When mature, the earth ball splits open releasing the glebal mass, which is then dispersed by animals, rain, etc. Magnification: x5 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: basidia, basidiospore, basidiospores, basidium, biological, biology, bryophyte, bryophytes, cell, cells, earth ball, fruiting body, fungal, fungus, gleba, histological, histology, hymenium, hypha, hyphae, layer, layers, light micrograph, light microscope, mushroom, mycological, mycology, peridium, pink, reticulum, scleroderma vulgare, section, sectioned

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