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Short Video: Zoospore Release

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The aquatic fungus Phlyctochytrium reproduces asexually by converting the entire contents of its flask-shaped body into flagellated zoospores. Here you can see a number of zoospores being rapidly released through a pore in the body. The spores swim away and attach to a substrate, where they retract the flagella and, under suitable conditions, grow into a new flask-shaped body. Credit: Henry Mainwaring, Western Carolina University.
The aquatic fungus Phlyctochytrium reproduces asexually by converting the entire contents of its flask-shaped body into flagellated zoospores. Here you can see a number of zoospores being rapidly released through a pore in the body. The spores swim away and attach to a substrate, where they retract the flagella and, under suitable conditions, grow into a new flask-shaped body. Credit: Henry Mainwaring, Western Carolina University.