FUNGI The Good, The Attention-grabbing and The Stunning.

The world of fungi is fascinating and the vary of measurement ,shapes and colors are beautiful.Extra importantly are their position within the ecosystem. There are the recyclers that breakdown natural matter , you’ll see these round fallen logs, in compost or commercially rising in managed natural mixes. As an orchardist the extra fascinating for me are the Mycorrhizal fungi that stay in mutually useful relationships –a symbiosis with the roots of crops. Its thought that 90% of crops are helped by fungi to make the most of vitamins from the soil.The plant receives moisture and safety in trade for phosphorous, nitrogen and different parts the plant may not be capable of acquire for itself. The fungal hyphae (tiny threads)   can journey lengthy distances from the plant to gather what the plant wants.Some examples of those fungi  come from the Amanita, Cortinarius, Inocybe, Russula households. Many Australian native crops have these symbiotic relationships creating an unlimited array of fungi that also have to be found and studdied. For extra data a wonderful e book ‘Tales from the Underground” by David W Wolfe or you may be a part of your Native Fungal Research Group or try Fungimap.

Whereas these fungi are useful to crops some, for instance Dying Caps (Amanita phalloides)are lethal toxic to people.Within the above picture  there are 2 on the highest left.