There’s no doubt that mushrooms are interesting – tasty and versatile, with many different types. Then of course there’s toadstools in a range of colours with varying abilities to poison as well! But there’s much more to mushrooms than stir fries and soups!
One of our Experimentary subscribers and regular contributors to our blog decided to look at this fungi in a different way (while steering away from the poisonous ones) and give our Science@Home “Spore Prints” activity a go. Here’s how it went!
The only other thing we needed was a piece of paper! (Tick!)
As always, watching the short video put together by Dr Rob explained all about gills and spores, and then covered what we needed to do, and the science behind it. We decided we’d give the button mushroom a go as well, even though we didn’t think it would produce a very good spore print.
According to Dr Rob, the spores of a mushroom are like seeds, which are then released, with the idea that the wind catches them so they can spread and propagate. Our spore prints (hopefully) would “catch” these spores, producing a picture.
Fast-forward to the next day and with much excitement we took a peek under the bowls to see if we had a result.
Sure enough, as expected not much happened with the button mushroom, but the beautiful mushroom we found in the park left behind a lovely spore print!
We’re looking forward to giving another Science@Home activity a go soon!