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All about mushrooms.

When a Plant Dies, Where Do the Nutrients in its Cells Go?

May 15, 2018 by Constance Taylor

Plants make all other life on Earth possible. But most animals don't eat dead plants -- so how do the nutrients plants create get into the environment when the plant dies?

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Stephen Sharnoff Shares the Secrets of the Lichen World

January 01, 2015 by Claire Peaslee

Nobody knows California's incredible, diverse lichens like Stephen Sharnoff, author of the new A Field Guide to California Lichens.

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How an East Bay Water Agency is Experimenting with Mushrooms to Improve Water Quality

November 06, 2014 by Sara Bernard

A pioneering experiment in the East Bay shows how mushrooms can reduce toxins or harmful microbes in the water supply

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How Can You Tell a True Turkey Tail from an Imposter?

November 28, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Bracket fungi, named for their shelf-like structure, can often be seen fanned out of decaying wood. How can you identify them?


Looking for Lichens in Knowland Park

November 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Oakland's Knowland Park boasts unparalleled views of the San Leandro Bay, gnarled coast live oak trees and stands of rare, maritime chaparral. But within this large landscape, one of nature's smallest communities is flourishing—lichen.


Flying Lichens, Like Old Man’s Beard, Find a Way to Live on Air

October 14, 2013 by Ron Sullivan

Lichens are not so much a taxonomic category as a way of life; as lichenologist Trevor Goward put it, “Lichens are fungi that have discovered agriculture.”


Planet Fungi

September 27, 2012 by Joe Eaton

It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t. ...


Perilous Beauty

January 01, 2009 by Debbie Viess

The beauty, and danger, of Amanita mushrooms.

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Point Reyes Mycoblitz

October 01, 2008 by Aleta George

Scientists and fire ecologists will be studying the cause and effects of these fires for years, and that includes taking ...

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Often-Overlooked Lichens are Essential to the Bay Area’s Environment

January 01, 2002 by Elizabeth Rush

Is it a mushroom? A moss? Bacterial scum? Trod on underfoot or passed by in blissful ignorance, lichens are perhaps the least understood element of the Bay Area landscape. But they are everywhere. And when we look closely at them, a colorful and diverse world opens up before our eyes.

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