Fungi and birds in the botanical garden

This afternoon, fungi in the botanical garden.

They were rather old specimens of collared earthstar.

This is a collared earthstar video.

There was a sign naming this fungus’ vernacular and scientific names. Unusual for a fungus. Most botanical garden signs for perennial plants which will probably grow on the same spot next year. While fungi often come above ground unexpectedly, and may disappear after a few days.

A group of greenfinches.

A male chaffinch in one tree. A great tit in another tree.

Her rabbits are famous – Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and company – but the world at large knows less about Beatrix Potter’s toadstools: here.

Beatrix Potter: bestselling author, artist – and expert on our native mushrooms. Potter’s science paper to be presented to society that rejected it in 1897 because she was a woman: here.

ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2012) — Chemists and biologists from the University of Bristol have finally cracked one of the longest standing chemical mysteries. In a paper published April 16 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team demonstrate exactly how an unusual class of compounds known as tropolones are synthesised in fungi: here.

1 thought on “Fungi and birds in the botanical garden

  1. Discovering common fungi

    March 1, 2012 By Dr. Martin Bidartondo

    Fungi are among the most diverse and understudied organisms, so major evolutionary branches composed of hundreds of species are still being discovered.

    In the course of her PhD studies at Kew and Imperial College London on environmental change in Europe’s forests, supported by the Natural Environment Research Council, Filipa Cox detected fungi in pine roots on the basis of DNA also recorded on other continents by other molecular ecologists.

    An international team led by Anna Rosling (Uppsala BioCentre/Indiana University) has now been successful in culturing these fungi in vitro and has shown them to be a diverse, ancient and previously unknown group, the class Archaeorhizomycetes.

    More information: Rosling, A., et al. (2011). Archaeorhizomycetes: unearthing an ancient class of ubiquitous soil fungi. Science 333: 876-879.

    Provided by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


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