Glossary Term: Spores

(Singular = Spore)

1. Spores are the reproductive structure of gilled mushrooms – like seeds from a plant in many ways. Meiosis is used in order to develop. Spores are specialised cells of the fungus that can function as resting or dispersal propagules. Each spore has the potential to generate another individual of the species. Spores that come from basidia (versus asci for instance) are called basidiospores.

2. A reproductive cell capable of developing into a new individual without fusion with another reproductive cell. Spores thus differ from gametes, which are reproductive cells that must fuse in pairs in order to give rise to a new individual. Spores are agents of asexual reproduction, whereas gametes are agents of sexual reproduction.

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