Spreading Spores

Photo by Agorastos Papatsanis.

Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of much bigger, largely underground fungi. Being fruit, mushrooms have the job of spreading spores so that the fungus can reproduce. Some mushrooms rely on the wind; others create their own wind. Still others use vortex rings to carry their spores higher. Who knew such fascinating and beautiful physics lies along the forest floor? (Image credit: top – A. Papatsanis, bottom – I. Potyó; via Wildlife POTY)

Photo by Imre Potyó.
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