Thursday, 6 October 2016

Fungal disorders …

I'll start by admitting I am a complete beginner when it comes to mycology. What I do know is that fungi and their various allies can be extremely difficult to identify to species level. Despite this, fungi have always fascinated me and, ever ready for a challenge, I’ve recently started looking at them more closely and taking a few pictures - at least they don't fly off like my normal subjects.

I’ll start with an easy one …

Porcelain Fungus (Oudemansiella mucida)

O. mucida is a widespread and common beech wood species. Appearing in late summer to late autumn it is typically found on rotting beech trunks and fallen branches where it grows in clusters. It is semi-translucent, slimy and white in appearance. When O. mucida is found on a beech tree it usually outcompetes other fungi nearby by means of a powerful anti-fungal agent called strobilurin. It is saprobic [deriving its nourishment from nonliving or decaying organic matter] or weakly parasitic to living beech trees. While it has a strong connection to beech, it has also been found growing on oak on rare occasions.

More at:

Buczacki, S., Shields, C. and Ovenden, D. (2012). Collins Fungi Guide: The most complete field guide to the mushrooms and toadstools of Britain & Ireland. London: HarperCollins, p. 200, fig. p.201.
Phillips, R. (2006). Mushrooms. London: Pan Macmillan, p. 116, fig. a.

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