Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Soil Fungus Is In A Class Of Its Own

An entirely new class of fungus has been assigned a place on the tree of life. Archaeorhizomycetes was previously known to science only through its DNA to be extremely common in soil. It was discovered while studying samples of another fungus & was cultured, photographed & named. It has been accused of being "a little bit of a boring fungus" as it is slow growing & only produces spores in soil, rarely if ever seeing the light of day. The fact that it is so common in soil shows it must be successful and ecologically relevant.

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I love that as our technology and skill increases, everywhere we look, be it through a microscope, or a telescope, we find something new.

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