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Facts About Fungi

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When you think about fungus, you don’t usually think about how nice it looks or any facts about it, to be realistic, you would most likely be extremely grossed out and get as far away from any form of fungi as quick as you possibly can. However, you no longer have to fret, you can learn about fungi right here without having to get up close and personal. There are a few little details about these little mushrooms and jells that might be quite interesting to you. So, if you would just set aside your indifference for one moment, let us take a moment to learn a few facts about this little growth.

Structure of a fungusStructure of a fungus.

Where do they live?

Most fungi live and grow in very damp and wet areas secluded from most places but relegated to locations like in the garden or on the tops of mountains.

What is their purpose?

Despite not looking to appetizing to the human eye, they are actually quite essential to the development and production of other plants as they give them nutrients. They are able to give these nutrients because, well, they live on these plants, so it is a win-win situation and both sides are benefited.

Where else can they grow?

This is the icky part. Fungi can grow in places you really don’t want them to grow such as on your fruit, possibly inside your bathrooms and they can even develop on the inside of animals on occasion though this is slightly more rare.

Omphalotus nidiformis, lights on and offOmphalotus nidiformis, or ghost fungus is famous for its glow in the dark, bioluminescent, properties. It is also poisonous but are not fatal. © Cas Liber.

Can they do bad things?

Yeah they can, unfortunately. They can cause some pretty awful diseases like Dutch Elm, which translates to what we know it as Athlete’s foot.

What else do they do?

They are actually part of the decomposition process of dead plants and animals so when they grow, they will eat away at the dead matter and, after while, make it transform into soil.

Do we use it for anything?

Yeah we do, we use it to make various foods like bread and the most essential part of some people’s lives, beer.

Also see: facts about microbiology.