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size of spores...
    #1042031 - 11/11/02 12:32 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

how big are individual spores and can they be seen well under say a 400x magnification for mating purposes?

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Re: size of spores... [Re: socratesmind]
    #1042450 - 11/11/02 04:38 AM (14 years, 10 months ago)

Around 3 micron size.

For most mushroom spores the highest magnification needed is 400x. Always start with the lowest magnification and gradually increase the magnification as needed.

Wet mount or clear-tape mounts will be used to view fungal spores under the compound microscope, and a weak iodine solution like Melzers solution may give a red or blue staining reaction.

If needed, mushroom spores and other structures should be examined under a compound microscope. The magnification range of the compound microscope is typically 100-1000x. Each objective provides a different magnification (e.g. 10x, 20x, 40x), which when multiplied by the magnification of the eyepiece gives the final magnification.


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