All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Mold Sporangia</strong>

I found this mold growing on the side of the compost container when I emptied it. I thought it was interesting how the sporangia were attached to the stalks. This probably gets them above the substrate to help them sp...
Mold Sporangia

I found this mold growing on the side of the compost container when I emptied it. I thought it was interesting how the sporangia were attached to the stalks. This probably gets them above the substrate to help them spread the spores better. Mold grows a lot long before it is ever seen, remember that before you are tempted to cut it off bread or cheese, to eat it anyway! Small threads, called hyphae (pron.: hi-fee), decompose organic materials and consume them until the mold is ready to reproduce. It is then that the mold becomes visible, when the the spores mature and cover the fruit, cheese, bread, my compost box, etc. I did clean the box after taking this picture! :)

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