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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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The pigmentation of aerial mycelium and structure of sporophores were observed on different ISP media 1-7, which are an ideal aspect in its classification.
The similarity in hyphal features of sporophores and the mantle, sometimes help in conformation of organic connections.
Here, we describe observations of a White-headed Woodpecker foraging for insects found within the sporophores (fruiting bodies) of the Veiled Polypore, or Pouch Fungus (Cyptoporus volvatus [Peck] Shear [Basidiomycete: Polyporaceae]), a sapwood decay fungus of conifers in the North Temperate regions of the world (Gilbertson and Ryvarden 1987).
In this paper we report on species reared by LT and YC from fungus sporophores in Benin (Table 1).
This study was designed to investigate the effect of using different substrates, especially farm waste products in the cultivation and yield of Pleurotus tuberregium (King tuber oyster mushroom) sporophores and sclerotia.
Basidiomycete sporophores were noted on the ends and undersides of some untreated deck members.
Hyphae, sporophores, primary spores with prominent papillary basis and hair-like appendices (microspores) were observed in culture on slides stained with Lactophenol-cotton blue.
The whole fungal biomass produced by mycorrhizal fungi, including sporophores, extrametrical mycelium, mantle mycelium, even dead biomass, can complex metals and reduce their availability and toxicity to the host plant (Colpaert and Van Assche 1993).