Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Unit 6- Process 3: Plasmogamy

Plasmogamy is a process in the fungi reproduction cycle which consists in the encounter of 2 haploid mycelium of opposite matting types, this happening leads a creation of a new membrane, a dikaryotic mycelium, this new organism is the offspring of the junction of these 2 haploid organisms. Having gather cells from its parents the new offspring is healthy, helped by the weather conditions, it is able to grow much faster than its parents, forming complexes structures of hundreds of myceliums. These structures look beautiful and once again a possible choice to create astonishing abstract landscapes where these thread-like organisms interlace and form irregular yet fascinating structures inside the ground.

These pictures are just amazing, showing a vast network that not only gives life to the mushroom fruit, but also connects to the rest of the earth, helping the environment around the fungus to be healthy and developed.

I have found this video, where Paul Stamets a mycologyst, explains the importance of mycelium to the world and how the connection of the mycelium to the surrounding soil is so important to create the forests we see today. This video I can admit was a eye opener for me because I was unfamiliar with all this knowledge about mushrooms.


tutorphil said...

Hi Ruben - sorry to nag, but can you confirm if you've completed the student survey... if so, can you encourage others to do the same... cheers!

Ruben Alexandre said...

Done and dusted, Phil!

it took absolutely no time at all.

Yes, I will spread the word an encourage the rest to do it :)

tutorphil said...

Brilliant :-)