Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Fungus Among Us

Today my post is all about Fungus, a living thing more closely related to animals than plants. Like our American vultures, fungi play an important role in devouring and breaking down dead organisms and providing nutrient recycling.  They provide food for man in the form of bread and beer (yeast) and tasty mushrooms.  They were famous for a while in the 60's when the majority of young were into psychotropic drugs made from mushrooms.   Fungi are also so powerful that they create toxins that kill plants and animals and mankind with great efficiency, and of course, they can play a role in medicine.   Most recently a fungus from Nova Scotia may have a role in improving antibiotics that are becoming less resistant to bacteria.

The Kingdom Fungi has been estimated at 1.5 million to 5 million species, with only about 5% of these having been formally classified.  There is a huge variety in shape and size and most fungal beings cannot be seen without a microscope.  If it is your field of study you would never lack for subject matter!

For some interesting man-made fungal architecture...go here.

Now for some photos of mushrooms in my neighborhood after the recent rains.

Isn't it a little close in here?






Now, for some reason I am hungry for steak.
 

12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

fungi are so cool....so varied in their structures...they are natures little architecture...

of course i like some sauteed as well in butter...smiles.

Brian Miller said...

that building built by fungus is amazing too....

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

You have some beauties :)

messymimi said...

While i can't stand the taste of mushrooms, i do think many varieties are pretty in their own way. And i hate the ringworm fungus. It's one of the banes of my existence.

Granny Annie said...

And all I can see are lovely places of shelter from the rain for tiny elves:)

Bob Bushell said...

The Beefsteak Fungus can be found in America, so I presume that's what you are talking about, lol.

Bob Bushell said...

And I wanted to say was, those photos are brilliant Tabor.

Red said...

Interesting information. Fungus is all around us and yet we know so little about it.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I wish I knew how to tell which ones are edible and those that aren't. One more thing to study, I guess.

Barbara Shallue said...

I think mushrooms are true works of art. I'm jealous you have so many varieties in your neighborhood!

Snaggle Tooth said...

I should be picking the fungi from the lawn before the spores fly today- but am too worn out!

Great pics

ellen abbott said...

I love fungi and you have some great pics.