Illustrator Jane Kim and the California Center for Natural History share six species to watch for this fall.
All about mushrooms.
When a Plant Dies, Where Do the Nutrients in its Cells Go?
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?
Identifying With Lichen
In which California is the first state to have a state lichen.
Stephen Sharnoff Shares the Secrets of the Lichen World
Nobody knows California’s incredible, diverse lichens like Stephen Sharnoff, author of the new A Field Guide to California Lichens.
How an East Bay Water Agency is Experimenting with Mushrooms to Improve Water Quality
A pioneering experiment in the East Bay shows how mushrooms can reduce toxins or harmful microbes in the water supply
How Can You Tell a True Turkey Tail from an Imposter?
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
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
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.”
Culinary uses aside, fungi have their own aesthetic appeal: the spectral elegance of the amanitas, the vivid reds and greens of the waxy caps.
The beauty, and danger, of Amanita mushrooms.