Fungi Facts 2
Fungi are as uniquely different from plants as plants are from animals.
Fungi are not able to ingest their food like animals do, nor can they manufacture their own food the way plants do. Instead, fungi feed by absorption of nutrients from the environment around them.
Fungi recycle plants after they die and transform them into rich soil. If not for fungi, the Earth would be buried in several feet of debris and life on the planet would soon disappear.
Some of the oldest living mushroom colonies are fairy rings growing around the famous Stonehenge ruins in England. The rings are so large that they can best be seen from airplanes or satellites.
Some mushrooms produce compounds that fight cancer! This was discovered when scientists in Japan found that a community had unusually low cancer rates. The scientists discovered that the members of the community grew and ate many Enokitake mushrooms!
Many mushrooms grow towards light, following the sun just like plant. Unlike plants, scientists do not yet know how mushrooms use sunlight; only that they do.
Under the right conditions, some mushrooms’ spores can sit dormant for decades or even a century, and still grow.
The largest living thing on Earth is a Honey Fungus in Oregon State, USA!