November 27, 2013

Mushrooms Create Their Own Wind

Mushrooms just got more interesting. For a long time biologists assumed that mushroom spores just drop into the wind and blow away. But researchers from UCLA recently found out that mushrooms actually create their own wind when the air around them is still in order to ensure propagation. Using high-speed videography and mathematical modeling of spore dispersal, they found that the fungi make their wind by water vapor. The vapor cools locally, which creates convective cells that move the air around in the mushroom’s vicinity. Researchers said “their movements are strong enough to lift the spores clear of the mushroom.”

[ Read the Article: Self-Created Air Currents Help Mushrooms Disperse Their Spores ]

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