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Mushroom gill cap, light micrograph

Mushroom gill cap, light micrograph


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Mushroom gill cap, light micrograph

Mushroom gill cap, light micrograph. Transverse section through the cap of a common mushroom (Psalliota sp.) showing the gill lamellae (white). The gills run from the outer cap (pileus, grey) to the inner stem (stipe, centre). The gills produces basidia cells, which each liberate four spores (basidiospores) to be distributed by the wind. The spores that germinate will produce a new fungal body. Magnification: x11 when printed at 10 centimetres wide

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Basidia Basidiospore Basidiospores Cellular Cross Section Fruiting Body Fungal Fungi Fungus Gill Gills Internal Structure Lamella Lamellae Mushroom Mycological Mycology Part Parts Plant Anatomy Re Production Reproductive Reproductive Part Reproductive Parts Spore Spores Stem Structural Tissue Transverse Cells Light Micrograph Light Microscope Pileus Psalliota Section Sectioned Stipe


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This print showcases the intricate beauty of a mushroom gill cap, as seen through a light micrograph. The transverse section reveals the mesmerizing arrangement of gill lamellae in white, extending from the outer cap to the inner stem. These delicate gills play a crucial role in reproduction, housing basidia cells that release four spores known as basidiospores into the air for dispersal by wind. The magnified image allows us to appreciate the detailed structure and complexity of this fungal organism. It serves as a reminder of nature's remarkable ability to create diverse life forms with unique reproductive mechanisms. Each germinating spore has the potential to give rise to an entirely new fungal body, perpetuating its species and contributing to our planet's biodiversity. With its grey pileus forming the outer cap and central stipe acting as support, this common mushroom (Psalliota sp. ) exemplifies both elegance and functionality within its anatomy. This photograph is not only visually stunning but also offers valuable insights into plant anatomy, mycology, and cellular biology. Science Photo Library presents this extraordinary image without any commercial intentions. Its purpose is solely educational and scientific - inviting viewers into the fascinating world of fungi while celebrating their vital role in Earth's ecosystems.

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