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What role does this cute little creature play in the life cycle of a valuable fungus?


Chipmunks play a role in the life cycle of truffles. Truffles are a kind of fungus, in some ways like mushrooms. Where mushrooms release their spores into the air to produce more mushrooms, truffles rely on the creatures that eat them to carry their spores to new locations. Chipmunks nibble the truffles, and the spores stick to their fur. The spores brush off in the chipmunk burrows, producing new truffles.