Mushie Magic

Fungi (singular: fungus) are a kingdom of usually multicellular eukaryotic organisms that are heterotrophs (cannot make their own food) and have important roles in nutrient cycling in an ecosystem. Fungi reproduce both sexually and asexually, and they also have symbiotic associations with plants and bacteria. However, they are also responsible for some diseases in plants and animals. The study of fungi is known as mycology.

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Fungi are made up of tiny threads called mycelium. These travel underground, connecting the roots of different plants in an area, even different species, together, allowing them to communicate and so much more. Some researchers say the trees of the forest and the mushrooms we find growing next to them are so interconnected, that it is hard for them to see trees as individual entities and it is known more these days as the 'Wood Wide Web'.

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Stephen Axford lives in the Northern Rivers, NSW and has an international reputation as a specialist in nature photography with a passion in macro fungi photography and an expert in time-lapse photography of fungi.

The diversity of this amazing organism is incredible.

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