Fungi of the CER!

IMG_0565IMG_3415As rainy season advances, mushrooms of countless colors and shapes emerge from logs and the forest floor. These often overlooked organisms serve various functions in the forest. Decomposers par excellence, fungi break down tough molecules in wood (cellulose and lignin), freeing up nutrients for live plants. In addition, they provide habitat and food for many species of insects. Finally, they contribute to the sense of wonder experienced by people walking the paths of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

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3 Responses to “Fungi of the CER!”

  1. Tim Upham Says:

    According to the American Journal of Botany, of the 1.5 million known species of fungi, 1.2 million are found in the world’s tropical forests.

  2. Kimberly Beck Says:

    There is a mushroom festival at INBio the weekend of August 18th. It was really interesting last year and we will be going again this year. Hope to see you there.

  3. Rowan Says:

    Nice!

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