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Pilobolus, a specialised coprophilous Fungus


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Title Pilobolus, a specialised coprophilous Fungus
Alternative Title Der koprophile Pilz Pilobolus
Author Webster, John
Contributors Trude Hard (Redaktion)
Elvira Poloczek (Redaktionsassistenz)
Kuno Lechner (Kamera)
Jürgen Weiss (Kamera)
Kurt Fahrner (Kamera)
Karl-Heinz Seack (Mikrokinematographie und Schnitt)
Elvira Poloczek (Mikrokinematographie und Schnitt)
Sybille Hornig (technische Assistenz)
Bernd Fietz (Ton)
Jörg Linnhoff (Ton)
Atlantik Film (Graphik und Trick)
Abbas Yousefpour (MAZ-Technik)
Klaus Kemner (Tonmischung)
License CC Attribution - NoDerivatives 3.0 Germany:
You are free to use, copy, distribute and transmit the work or content in unchanged form for any legal purpose as long as the work is attributed to the author in the manner specified by the author or licensor.
DOI 10.3203/IWF/C-2026eng
IWF Signature C 2026
Publisher IWF (Göttingen)
Release Date 1999
Language English
Producer Institut für den Wissenschaftlichen Film (IWF)
Production Year 1997

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IWF Technical Data Video ; F, 12 1/2 min

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Subject Area Life Sciences
Abstract Pilobolus, the hat thrower, is a minute fungus belonging to the Mucorales, which grows on the dung of herbivores. It has adapted itself to their way of life and ingestive habits: in the daily rhythm of its phototropic sporangiophore development, violent sporangium discharge, the attachment mechanism of its sporangia to herbage, and spore germination. The video-tape carefully documents the asexual development of the fungus by time lapse cinematography and lays emphasis on the phototropism of the sporangiophores and discharge of the sporangia.
Keywords circadian rhythm
herbivor mammals
propagation of fungal spores
spore discharge
spore dispersal / fungi

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