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Video: These fungal spores ‘talk’ to each other to find partners

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It turns out that even asexual fungal cells can be social: As they grow and fuse with one another to form colonies, they reach out toward some neighbors while snubbing others. Now, researchers working with one of these microbes—an orange, filamentous fungus known commonly as red bread mold—have discovered the genetic basis behind how their spores, or asexual reproductive units, communicate.

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