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A spore-bearing structure, especially in fungi.


(ˈspɔːrəʊˌfɔː; ˈspɒ-)
(Plants) an organ in fungi that produces or carries spores, esp the massive spore-bearing body of mushrooms, etc


(ˈspɔr əˌfɔr, ˈspoʊr əˌfoʊr)

a fungus hypha specialized to bear spores.
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Noun1.sporophore - a spore-bearing branch or organ: the part of the thallus of a sporophyte that develops spores; in ferns and mosses and liverworts is practically equivalent to the sporophyte
gleba - fleshy spore-bearing inner mass of e.g. a puffball or stinkhorn
reproductive structure - the parts of a plant involved in its reproduction
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Minerals present in the substrate are taken up by growing mycelia and translocated to the sporophore [8].
QuACopyrightl by submerged fermentation and sporophore yield on rubber wood sawdust.
Extensive mycelial production was observed in the OPFF (M4) substrate and it is not clear whether this extensive mycelia produced in (M4) had any inhibitory effects on sporophore production; this observation requires further investigation.
Protease activity in Agaricus bisporus during periodic fruiting (flushing) and sporophore development.
Experiments and comments on the action of bacteria on sporophore initiation in A.
The culture substrate preparation and growing procedure for sporophore production has been previously described (Philippoussis et al.