Fungal Life Cycles

Andi Bruce

How exactly do mushrooms forcibly eject their spores with accelerations in excess of 10,000 G??  From birth to sex to reproduction, this talk will dive into the life and times of mushroom-forming fungi.  We’ll hark back to Bio 101 to review some basic genetic concepts while exploring mushroom life cycles and the weird and wonderful ways that different types of mushrooms disperse spores.

About the Teacher
I’m a graduate researcher at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse studying the spread of non-native golden oyster mushrooms in the U.S.  With a background in environmental studies, I am passionate about partnering with fungi to develop solutions to pressures that threaten ecosystem functioning in the modern world.  I also strive to support the citizen science movement to create more collaborative opportunities that help make progress toward a sustainable future!  When I’m not in the lab, I’m often foraging wild foods, or swingin’ in a hammock alongside the majestic Mississip’.