"Various species live in marriages of convenience with their hosts. The classic red-topped toadstool of fairy tales, the poisonous fly agaric, attaches itself to the roots of birch trees and feeds on their sugars. In return its roots gather up minerals and pass them to the tree, dramatically extending the reach of its own roots."
"And there are more fungi than you might think with about 14,000 species
on the British list. Esher Common in Surrey is the Mecca of fungi,
boasting about 3,100 species. But you can easily find 100 in an ordinary
"Research four years ago by Professor Alan Gange and his dad Edward
suggested that the fruiting season is getting longer with many fungi now
fruiting twice a year. And each year about 25 new species are found in
Britain, says Kew senior researcher Dr Martyn Ainsworth, including some
from the tropics."