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. In review. 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