The captured launch of a ballistospore.

  title={The captured launch of a ballistospore.},
  author={Anne Pringle and S N Patek and Mark Fischer and Jessica L Stolze and N. Money},
  volume={97 4},
Ballistospore discharge is a feature of 30000 species of mushrooms, basidiomycete yeasts and pathogenic rusts and smuts. The biomechanics of discharge may involve an abrupt change in the center of mass associated with the coalescence of Buller's drop and the spore. However this process occurs so rapidly that the launch of the ballistospore has never been visualized. Here we report ultra high-speed video recordings of the earliest events of spore dispersal using the yeast Itersonilia perplexans… CONTINUE READING