15 May 2016

Fruitful fungi

Each year we have the most beautiful display of the fungi Amanitas Muscarias. Their favourite spot is under betulas (silver birches) on the south bank of the dam and underneath a very large fir tree.
Young amanita - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_muscaria
Scientific studies are currently exploring a possible link between rain and the clouds of spores that are released by fungi.
When the fungus is ‘ripe’, an explosion of the tiny fungal spores rises high into the air, where they collect water vapour. The vapour then forms droplets and this action may trigger rainfall. In this way, the fungi may assist in creating the environment in which they thrive.
On its last "legs"

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