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