Fast-flying fungal spores

Using high-speed cameras, scientists identify the fastest spores on Earth.

By Jennifer Cutraro, 00:00 AM October 14, 2008

Filming a fungus at 250,000 frames per second, a research team could watch in slow-motion a process that usually takes a few millionths of a second: the fungus catapulting a spore as far out as possible. <a href=#video>View a video of the spores being lau

Filming a fungus at 250,000 frames per second, a research team could watch in slow-motion a process that usually takes a few millionths of a second: the fungus catapulting a spore as far out as possible. View a video of the spores being lau

Yafetto, L. et al / PLoS ONE

Life's not easy for fungi that live on piles of animal waste, or dung. For starters, well, they're living in dung. And to complete their life cycle, fungi release cells called spores that must be eaten by an animal so that ...

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