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Any multicellular structure in or on which spores are formed.



the sporebearing receptacle of aquatic ferns. In Salvinia the sporocarp is a sorus of either microsporangia or macrosporangia, which is clad in a double indusium and is borne on the part of the leaf that is immersed in the water. The sporocarp separates from the leaf and opens as a result of decay of the indu sium. The sporocarp of Marsilea is a cluster of sori that consist of both microsporangia and macrosporangia; the wall of the sporocarp is formed by two leaflets of the sporebearing segment of a leaf that have closed up as a result of the fusing of outgrowths. The sporocarp opens along the line of concrescence of the leaflets owing to the swelling of the cartilaginous tissue to which the sori are attached.

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The effects of thinning and broadcast burning on sporocarp production of hypogeous fungi.
When possible, macrofungi were identified to the species rank in the field; however, when species could not be determined, sporocarps were collected and identified to the lowest identifiable taxon rank.
Fungal sporocarp losses of Ca, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, N, P, and Zn from conifer logs in the early stages of decomposition.
Approaches independent of fungal sporocarp production are increasingly being used to assess ectomycorrhizal fungal communities.
More recently, a simple technique was developed to produce dried sporocarp inocula which can remain viable for two years (Kannaiyan, 1993).
Seasonal hypogeous sporocarp production in a western Oregon Douglas-fir stand.
amp; Broome, although some sporocarp fragments in feces appeared to have been cleanly sliced by rodents.
In New Hampshire, pines were used by Red Squirrels for mushroom caches (Cram 1924), and in southern New Brunswick, Vernes and Poirier (2007) found an abandoned American Robin (Turdus migratorius) nest filled with sporocarps of false truffles in a small Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea).