I have always loved mushrooms - searching for them on the forest floor and photographing them, not eating them (it's a texture thing for me!)
So when we started studying soil I just had to spend some time looking into mushrooms! There's so much to learn about them and their interaction with our soil. Here are a few interesting things I have learned so far:
1. Mushrooms are neither plant nor animal. They are a fungus, and unlike plants, they do not need sunlight to make their own food.
2. Mushrooms are nature's recyclers. They break down dead bodies and poo into nutrients that can be reused by living things. This is incredibly important for our soil!
3. Mushrooms are just the "fruiting bodies" of mycelium. Mycelium are "the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a network of fine white filaments". The mushroom grows when conditions are right to spread the dust-like spores (seeds).
Now it's your turn! Go take a look into the amazing world of fungi and see how they impact the world we live in, especially the soil we rely on every day.
"From dead plant matter to nematodes to bacteria, never underestimate the cleverness of mushrooms to find new food!" - Paul Stamets -