Fungi are curious organisms, neither animal nor plant, with unique chemical traits such as the presence of chitin in the wall of their cells. My beloved Brock Biology of Microorganims reminds me that there are three major groups of fungi: the molds (the type you don't want in your household); the yeasts, which we commonly use to ferment sugars; and finally the mushrooms, or macroscopic fungi.
|Macroscopic fungi: mushrooms|
As any mushroom gatherer knows, specific (wet) conditions are needed if one hopes to fill the basket. And if favorable environmental conditions are there, mushrooms can pop out very rapidly! It is interesting to realize, however, that a mushroom spends most of its life as a tiny mycelium in the soil and goes totally unnoticed.
Here's a few more pics because mushrooms are so nice:
|It may not be a good idea to eat these ones...|
- Madigan M. T. and Martinko J. M. (2006). Brock Biology of Microorganisms. 11th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall. 1088 pages.
- Davis M. R., Sommer R. and Menge J. A. (2012). Field Guide to Mushrooms of Western North America. University of California Press. 472 pages.