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Agaricus Mushroom

Question: Can table mushroom spores Agaricus bisporus survive passing through the digestive tract of horses and cows? I was wondering if it was possible for animals to transport mushroom spores from one location to another, as birds are often responsible for transporting seeds they have digested.

Answer: No , they are not equipped to survive the strong digestive juices / enzymes. They are meant for wind dispersal only. The protective wall around the spores is fairly thin.

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