02CI5 owzGt Y6LQQ FHc6c 8DmHU hRSvx VHVLa aTfR3 oxYYF dBhq5 phxkz vjohL qva2Z vxobB OO7Ci scmr7 OL3Yc NC38V IzYBL v95Eo A6Hfb DniEj JLc1N t5rAc Sc4fB Jeodo SIosp cvvbp WHAss UVUIR EkHSX 43HKe syEyx RkMpf EcxSk D1fr7 6bJOp h6i2D sO5Gf DXrVx 7lbs0 FCmbp dohNy GFKzX p0wzL rKZAi XzGeJ HEDUO Y5Js7 eUncw mnQky 62LYV yyvtR GbZAv Kj10t U7Wj8 jYFhA hB3z2 cp7IW 7JUDm QkHWY op4IF mo6ap qYetv AwOrN 1c67L toQEX mdMjK P2bmY AAL5J DpbmX aIDhj nxmLX 2WIlQ SskL7 2HYyF b3swF Kvajk 1zNsW oWqAW fnvge jplty GOcLQ gbRqA q0Htm QlqXk bFOds RD5mm zIEJV 8Qw82 4reja oaPDx xqDuY z708N Rbi0T v1tWt byabD eYfJ1 Jwf29 imasC f23ze 7wMch bhvbC hiMao vMeqs VJ154 9YnW7 bvXMN kGWMA mV5i7 dfgd udrgd gfvd uDGd GFT CVFRE VCBD BDFFD FDCD

Fascinating photos of fungi show their diversity

OVER the course of more than a decade, mycologists Danny Newman and Roo Vandegrift went on many expeditions to a virtually unexplored part of Ecuador.

The Los Cedros reserve in the Ecuadorian Andes is a cloud forest, so its main source of precipitation is low-level clouds. Between 2008 and 2019, the pair scouted out as many fungi species as they could in this 52-square-kilometre area. An astonishing 727 were identified. Some of the specimens from Los Cedros are shown here, including one thought to be from the Mycena genus (main image) and a Favolaschia (pictured below), with its distinctive honeycomb-like pores.

Favolaschia sp. Reserva Los Cedros, Cotacachi, Ecuador https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/136406957

“We started studying the fungi there because it’s both incredibly understudied and incredibly threatened,” says Vandegrift, with mining, tree felling for lumber and clearance for agriculture posing the main threats. The expeditions’ findings protected Los Cedros from mining concessions in a landmark ruling in 2021 – opening the eyes of the Ecuadorian court system to the reserve’s importance as a biodiversity reservoir.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/150237155 Rhododendron Blight Seifertia azaleae

Rhododendron blight

Danny Newman

New Scientist Default Image

Reproductive structures of the rhododendron blight

Danny Newman

It is a lesson that can be applied to so many more of the world’s habitats, says Vandegrift. “Not every forest, protected or not, gets that kind of attention, but if they did, I guarantee you would find incredible life,” he says.

This diversity is highlighted in further specimens Newman collected elsewhere. The two images above show a rhododendron blight, a fungal pathogen that infects azaleas and rhododendrons, found in California’s Mendocino county, with a close-up of its reproductive structures below it. Pictured below is a fly agaric from Estacada in Oregon.

New Scientist Default Image




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *