Introduction to mycology part 2

Reproduction and Life Cycle

We’ve said in the previous part of this introduction that the mycelium is formed by the connection of many hyphae , but how do they germinate , expand and grow?

The life cycle of  fungi begins with the germination of spores but it’s crucial to know that the spores released by the hymenophore of a mushroom have two different polarities  ( positive or negative ) and even though an hyphae can germinate from just one spore forming what we call a primary mycelium ;  it will not have a long life unless it merges with another primary mycelium born from a spore with the opposite polarity . Once the two primary mycelium combine , they will give life to the final secondary mycelium (dycariotic) which will be able to survive and create new mushrooms which will then give birth  to new spores .

A detailed graphic of a mushroom reproductive cycle:

 

This reproduction just described is called “sexuate reproduction”  , but fungi can also propagate through Asexual or agamic reproduction which allows faster spread of the species into the environment .

Asexual reproduction has different modalities , one of them is the “vegetative propagation” which occurs with the fragmentation and separation of mycelium parts . This kind of reproduction is common in more simple kinds of mushrooms organisms and is called “Fission” when referred to unicellular mushrooms .

It is a personal grower’s decision if starting the propagation of hyphae from spores or from mycelium parts .  The second method is obviously faster since it skips the germination process but it may not be that satisfying for those who are interested in observing the complete natural cycle.

 

MushLove .

 

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