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Slime Mold Spores

 Kingdom: Protist
Image Courtesy of: Shirley Owens, Center for Electron Optics
Image Width: 45 microns
Image Technology: SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope)


Many types of microorganisms produce spores. Spores serve a function for microbes similar to the role that seeds serve for plants. These spores are the way that this slime mold reproduces. The spores also help the microbe move around; they blow around on the winds, just as many types of seeds do, until they land and "take root" in a new environment.