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1. A multicellular structure in which spores or spore-producing structures are formed, as in many fungi and slime molds.
2. A similar structure in certain ferns, such as the water clovers.
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(ˈspɔːrəʊˌkɑːp; ˈspɒ-)
1. (Botany) a specialized leaf branch in certain aquatic ferns that encloses the sori
2. (Botany) the spore-producing structure in certain algae, lichens, and fungi
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(ˈspɔr əˌkɑrp, ˈspoʊr-)

(in higher fungi, lichens, and red algae) a multicellular structure in which spores form.
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Noun1.sporocarp - specialized leaf branch in certain aquatic ferns that encloses the sori or clusters of sporangiasporocarp - specialized leaf branch in certain aquatic ferns that encloses the sori or clusters of sporangia
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
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(2016) reported similar laticifers in mantle and sporocarp while investigating the ECM formed by Lactifluus.
Most of the mushrooms consumed in Nigeria are picked from the wild by rural dwellers when environmental conditions favour their sporocarp formation (Aremu et al., 2009) and sold at high price in local markets; there is no record of any significant cultivation.
As deciduous trees mobilize nutrients from the canopy and sequester them into the roots in preparation for leaf senescence, mycorrhizal associates respond with a late season flush of sporocarp production.
Sporocarp development of Pleurotus tuberregium (Fr) singer under different watering system.
Comparative morphology of reproductive structures in heterosporous water ferns and a reevaluation of the sporocarp. Int.
In each treatment plot, mycorrhizal production was assessed by measuring sporocarp, root tip colonization, and extramatrical hyphal production.
The sporocarp of the water fern, also known in Australian English as 'nardoo', was partly blamed for the death of Burke and Wills, who perished in 1861 after living on it almost exclusively (Smyth 1878:216-17).
For example, chronosequence studies frequently fail to consider fragmentation and fungal sporocarp production, both of which may transfer substantial quantities of relatively N-rich organic matter to the forest floor (Harmon et al.