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Fungi including Mushrooms

Fungi  including  Mushroms


The  images  in  this  Gallery  highlight  the  sheer  diversity  of  this  exciing  world  of  Fungi, of  which  the  Mushrooms are  the  more  visible  manifestation. The  diversity  of  Fungi  is  variously  estimated  to  be  between  1.5  to  5  million  species  worldwide.

From  the  very  familiar  toadstool  seen  in  the  monsoon  to  the  mold  coming  up  on  a  left  over  slice  of  bread  or  the  yeast  which  goes  to  make  it,  we  have  had  some  introduction  to  this  world. However, in  nature  they  also  perform  one  very  vital  function - that  of  RECYCLERS  of  organic  matter  and  by  extension NUTRIENT  RECYCLERS. They  are  thus  an  important  part  in any  fiven  ecosystem.

We  have  also  found  various  use  for  them, right  from  medicine  to  bio degaradation, as  food  items ... and  more !

These  organisms  are  grouped  under  a  separate  kingdom  ... however, genetically  they  closer  to  animals  than  plants.