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A spore-bearing structure, especially in fungi.
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(ˈspɔːrəʊˌfɔː; ˈspɒ-)
(Plants) an organ in fungi that produces or carries spores, esp the massive spore-bearing body of mushrooms, etc
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(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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Phenotypic characterization of the isolate SKCMM1 on Starch Casein Agar Phenotypic characteristics SKCMM1 Colony morphology Circular, umbonate, entire Sporophore morphology Straight or Rectiflexibiles Spore surface Smooth Colour of aerial mycelium Pale green Colour of substrate mycelium Brown Spore mass Pale green Pigment Brown colour Table 4.
We are unaware of any published observations of birds foraging on this widespread fungus, but the abundant insects we found associated with the sporophore is consistent with previous work.
Pullulan, an exopolysaccharide produced by budding short sporophore enzymes, is nontoxic and biodegradable [14,15].
Minerals present in the substrate are taken up by growing mycelia and translocated to the sporophore [8].
Production of liquid spawn of an edible grey oyster mushroom Pleurotus pulmonarius (Fr.) QuACopyrightl by submerged fermentation and sporophore yield on rubber wood sawdust.
sandhui feed on the sporophore. The larvae of some species, such as Dohrniphora diminuens (Schmitz), have been reported feeding on the fungus combs of Termitomyces species (Lyophyllaceae) in termite nests (Disney & Kistner 1989).
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.
The culture substrate preparation and growing procedure for sporophore production has been previously described (Philippoussis et al., 2007).
After gaining access to the heartwood of a pine, at least 15 to 20 years of growth and decay within the heartwood are required before the fungus produces a sporophore (conk) on the bole of the pine (Conner et al.