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Tue February 26, 2013 By:
 

what is the advantagce through for organisms that reproduce through spore formation?

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Thu February 28, 2013
  • All fungi reproduce through a reproductive seed known as a spore. A spore contains genetic material of the parent fungi and reproduces a new fungi when certain conditions are met.
  • The organism does not require another organism's gametes to create a new life form.
  • Spores are encased in a proteinlike shell. This shell protects the genetic material in the spore from the environment. This is helpful since the elements, such as wind or water, tend to transport spores across large geographic regions when they drop from fungi.
  • The spore shell has cells that sense the environment and when ideal conditions are sensed, the shell will dissolve.
  • One fungus can produce an unlimited amount of spores throughout its lifetime giving it unlimited reproduction potential. This gives one individual fungus an incredible advantage in reproducing.
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