Nature’s cloud seeders are mushrooms, with spores that promote raindrops and may lead to downpours, new research finds.
The study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, documents a previously unknown feedback system whereby rain stimulates mushroom growth, and then the fully fruited mushrooms release spores that could result in later rain.
“We can watch big water droplets grow as vapor condenses on (the mushroom spore’s) surface,” said senior author Nicholas Money of Miami University’s Biology Department. “Nothing else works like this in nature.”
Source: Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News, October 28, 2015