MUSHROOMS

Mushroom Hunting

................Fungi are found just about everywhere. Mushrooms, a special group of macro-fungi, are rather more selective than ther fungi in that the size of the fruiting body requires the availability of more nutrients than are required for the production of asexual spores by micro-fungi. In damp places, such as tree-fern ecosystems and tropical rain forests, plentiful moisture leads to abundant mushroom formation. There, mushrooms can be collected at most times of the year.  But in drier regions, they occur only after seasonal rains. In these ecosystems there may be a particular flora of mushroom species associated with the seasons of autumn, summer and spring. Relatively few mushrooms are produced during the cold winter months, although there are perennial fruiting bodies that persist during the winter. The formation of mushroom fruiting bodies depends very much on the pattern of rains and, in some years, there may be virtually total lack of mushroom fruiting

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