What is a Mushroom?

Interesting facts about mushrooms see below for text

What is a Mushroom?

  • Mushrooms are just a small part of larger living things called fungi.
  • They are the "fruiting body" of fungi.
  • Mushrooms spread the spores which allow the fungus to reproduce.
  • They come in many shapes and colors.
  • They are often found on decaying wood or other decomposing material.
  • There are over 10,000 known mushrooms in the United States.

What Does a Mushroom Do?

Nature's Recyclers: fungi break down organic matter and allow other living things to use the essential nutrients.

Plant Helpers: More than 90% of all plants live in a mutually beneficial relationship with fungi, this is known as a symbiotic relationship. These fungi exchange nutrients for photosynthetic sugars.

Message Carriers: The fungi that live in symbiosis with plants (mycorrhizae) carry chemical "messages" through the web of mycelium in the soil.

Pollution Removers: Fungi can remove harmful chemicals and reduce the presence of harmful bacteria in water and soil.

Food Source: Mushrooms are the only non-animal based complete form of protein and have many antioxidants, prebiotics, minerals and vitamins.

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