Recycling in Action

Mushrooms are short-lived visible outcrops of huge buried networks of 'mycelia'. The mycelia produce enzymes which spread into the surrounding soil or wood, thereby dissolving nutrients for absorption. Certain species, the saprobes, live on dead organic matter. In that sense they are partly responsible for the recycling of organic matter.

The mushrooms themselves serve to spread the spores of the fungus.

The photographs below are taken in the forest associated with Old Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, July 2004.

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