Mushrooms Create Their Own Wind

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Researchers determined that mushrooms create their own wind in order to launch spores into the environment.

     

    Mushrooms just got more interesting.  For a long time biologists assumed that mushrooms spores just dropped into the wind and blow away.  But researchers from UCLA recently found out that mushrooms actually create their own wind when the air around them is still in order to ensure propagation.  Using high-speed videography and mathematical modeling of spore dispersal, they found that the fungi make their wind by water vapor.  The vapor cools locally, which creates convective cells that move the air around in the mushroom’s vicinity.   Researchers said “their movements are strong enough to lift the spores clear of the mushroom.”