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, and understand how fungi disperse in nature.
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Ascobolus spores being
launched from an ascus.
Filmed at 13000 frames