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    Default Mushrooms make their own "wind"

    http://news.discovery.com/earth/plan...res-131125.htm

    It's been found that mushrooms create their own air flow in order to spread their spores.

    They do this by allowing their moisture to evaporate, cooling them off. Cool air is more dense than warm air and tends to flow outward. The spores are able to ride this "wind" and find new, cool, moist places to begin growing.

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    Have you observed a mushroom ring in the wild?

    Are there any other biological organisms that follow this principle?

    Can we use this knowledge to our benefit in any areas of science or agriculture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by larali View Post
    http://news.discovery.com/earth/plan...res-131125.htm

    It's been found that mushrooms create their own air flow in order to spread their spores.

    They do this by allowing their moisture to evaporate, cooling them off. Cool air is more dense than warm air and tends to flow outward. The spores are able to ride this "wind" and find new, cool, moist places to begin growing.

    ...

    Have you observed a mushroom ring in the wild?

    Are there any other biological organisms that follow this principle?

    Can we use this knowledge to our benefit in any areas of science or agriculture?

    We had a mycology course during residency and we learned that the spores just float around and are found on almost surfaces...we swiped door handles, air-conditioning vents, chairs, tables etc, and all of them grew colonies of fungus with some of them growing up to 4 different types of fungus...yikes! So whenever I see mushrooms on my food, I always imagine the spores coming from those "gills" located on the "cap". That kinda killed it for me...I never looked at a mushroom the same way.

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