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Unformatted text preview: sheets of tissue radiating out from the stalk and hanging vertically downwards from the underside of the cap. Towards the outer edge, where the gills are farther apart, half-length and quarter-length gills are interspersed between the full-length ones. The surfaces of the gills produce millions of spores which are fired into the spaces between the gills and fall to the ground or are carried off in air currents. During the three or four days of its active life the fruit body of this fungus is thought to liberate about half a million spores per minute. Each spore, under suitable conditions, is capable of producing a mycelium which may eventually grow into a fruiting body. Development of the mushroom D.G. Mackean stalk fruiting body forming cap gill annulus mycelium in the soil Mushroom gill pattern stalk...
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- Fall '11