Science Saturdays: Mushroom Power

triple super mushrooms

Why was the mushroom invited to the party?

Because he was a fun-guy.

Why was he asked to leave?

Because there wasn’t much-room.

In the latest podcast of the Scientific American, it was discovered that mushrooms can create their own breeze!

Have you ever been walking around and been like, “man, it’s so hot. I wish there was a breeze.” Well, mushrooms have, and they figured it out. When releasing spores, mushrooms actually create a water vapour to help the spores spread out. This allows the mushroom to continue its evolution in more diverse environments.

Now what does this mean? It means if scientists can can discover the function the mushroom uses to perform this feat, they may genetically manipulate other plant seeds to do the same thing. By doing so, these plants will be able to spawn more offspring in different environments, creating more lush and diverse green spaces. (Hah, I just made that up; sounds credible though).

Post Script: Here’s Dave’s take on mushrooms:

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