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Chapter 34 : The Fastest Flights in Nature

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If you were a fungus growing on dung and if, for propagation, you depended on having your spores ingested by an animal, you’d have a problem. Few animals graze near their poop. The solution would be to evolve a powerful discharge mechanism that ensured that your spores traveled far afield. In the words of a pioneer in this area, Nik Money: “.”

Citation: Schaechter E. 2016. The Fastest Flights in Nature, p 139-140. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch34
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Citation: Schaechter E. 2016. The Fastest Flights in Nature, p 139-140. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch34
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Sporangiophore discharge in captured with high speed video. This illustration is a montage of 6 images from a video obtained at a frame rate of 50,000 frames per second. The selection shows every 10th frame, representing 200 microsecond intervals. The launch is completed in <0.25 milliseconds or <1/400 of an eye blink.

Source: 2008. The fastest flights in nature: high-speed spore discharge mechanisms among fungi. :e3237.

Citation: Schaechter E. 2016. The Fastest Flights in Nature, p 139-140. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch34
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