Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Fly Agaric in the Express.co.uk 21/12/2011

"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 suburban garden."

"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."


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