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Final Report - AFSPPEOAS (Are fungal spores perfect projectiles? Evolution of ascospore shape)

Project ID: 220670
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


This is the periodic report of the AFSPPEOAS project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project set out to investigate the successful process of fungal spore dispersal in the Ascomycota species - more commonly known as sac fungi. Spore discharge is fundamental to the survival of the species and is expected to come under enormous evolutionary pressure. AFSPPEOAS is focusing on understanding the physical limitations to spore dispersal, physical constraints to the apparatus of spore launch, and explores solutions to spore dispersal that have arisen via fungi.

During the project a model was developed which enables prediction of the structure of jet spores. An investigation confirms that spores are able to travel around obstacles as they change from having purely ballistic dynamics to a passive form of transport. It has proven that that spore spatial coordination enforces cooperation.

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