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Pilobolus (Shotgun Fungus) Kit (with Perishables)

Item # 155800P

The popular "shotgun" fungus, Pilobolus crystallinus, grows on herbivore dung. Herbivores will not graze near their own dung, so the spores must be propelled beyond this "zone of repugnance." The sporangia bend toward the sun and "shoot" their spore mass in that direction.

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$38.95

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Beginning - Easy to perform; requires no experience in microbiology.

The popular "shotgun" fungus, Pilobolus crystallinus, grows on herbivore dung. Herbivores will not graze near their own dung, so the spores must be propelled beyond this "zone of repugnance." The sporangia bend toward the sun and "shoot" their spore mass in that direction.

Students grow Pilobolus until sporangia are mature. Then they place the culture inside a container with a small hole to allow in light. The sporangia will all be propelled toward the hole. Requires about 10 days to conduct the exercise. The adaptation of this interesting fungus to its unique habitat is explained in the teacher’s instructions.

Keep agar plates refrigerated until use; do not freeze. ** Kit and perishable components will ship separately and may arrive on different days.

  • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.

Product Families Featuring This Item:

 
Components Qty Included?
Pilobolus crystallinus Plate Culture Included
Plates Rabbit Dung Agar 10 Included
Sterile Disposable Scalpel Included
Aluminum Foil Sheets 10 Included
Containers with Lids 10 Included
Autoclave Disposal Bag Included
Teacher Instructions Included

Living Organism Care Information

 
Pilobolus (Shotgun Fungus) Kit (with Perishables) 3 5 2 2
Spores were already deployed Brought this product for my son's science project but it arrived with the spores already shot off which is what he was supposed to film. NOT HAPPY WITH THIS. January 7, 2014
Great product Everything in this kit worked exactly as promised and the students really enjoyed the exercise. October 29, 2013
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