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Split gill mushroom (Schizophyllum commune) Schizophyllum commune

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akumar

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May 8, 2012

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on the way back to mary gates hall, we found some split gill mushroom outside at the back of bagley hall. they are very small and downfacing, so there were several of them on a single dead log. it is also a white rot fungus. they grow with their gills to the ground, so they fruit on the bottom of the limb only.

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akumar

Date

May 8, 2012

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we saw a huge colony of agrocybe praecox mushrooms outside of benson hall, across stevens way from the botany greenhouse. these mushrooms are rhyzomorphs and have hundreds of thousands of hyphae. they also have partial veils. they were growing in a bed of cone scales from what i believe are cedar of lebanon trees.

when we scratched away the cones to about an inch underneath, there were enormous networks of white mycellium in the soil.

these mushrooms were probably all genetically identical.

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akumar

Date

May 8, 2012

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this was also found on a log in the uw farm. turkey tail fungi are very efficient and don't like conifers. they are also white rot fungus. they grow horizontally on logs like artists' conch. this one was multi-colored, hence the species "versicolor."

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akumar

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May 8, 2012

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we saw this oyster mushroom growing on a log on the fringe of the uw farm. this is a white rot fungus, it decomposes lignan and returns it to the soil. oyster mushrooms can grow in almost anything. fungus like this will go away when it's taken enough carbon from the log. it can also produce a toxin to attack nemotodes.

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