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Dispersal

The mechanics of fungal dispersal are poorly understood. Ecology is fundamentally a description of organisms in time and space, and no description of fungal ecology will be complete without knowledge of dispersal. We are using an array of tools from biology, math and physics to film and model the movements of spores.


Pringle A, M Brenner, J Fritz, M Roper, A Seminara. Manuscript. Reaching the wind: the fluid mechanics of spore discharge and dispersal.

Roper, M, A Seminara, MM Bandi, A Cobb, HR Dillard, A Pringle. 2010. Dispersal of fungal spores on a cooperatively generated wind. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). 107(41): 17474-17479 [download]

Pringle, A, SN Patek, M Fischer, J Stolze, NP Money. 2005. The captured launch of a ballistospore. Mycologia 97: 866-871 [download]



Ascobolus spores being
launched from an ascus.
Filmed at 13000 frames
per second.

Ascobolus spores being launched from ascus.
Dispersal
A population of Coccomyces dentatus growing on a leaf. Individuals are delineated by black lines, signalling antagonistic interactions.
Population Biology of
Modular Organisms
Spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from a North Carolina field.
Cooperation & Interactions
A phylogeny of one group of transposable elements in Amanita.
Genetic Architecture
of Symbiosis
A flyer posted in parks around San Francisco, to warn mushroom hunters about Amanita phalloides.
Invasion Biology &
Conservation of Fungi
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