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Mr. Bloomfield's OrchardThe Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists$
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Nicholas P. Money

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154573

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.001.0001

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Angels of Death

Angels of Death

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(p.151) CHAPTER 8 Angels of Death
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Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard
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Nicholas P. Money

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.003.0008

This chapter discusses poisonous mushrooms. These include the Amanita virosa, which produces amatoxins, miniproteins or peptides that are absorbed from the intestine and lay waste to the liver; the death cap, Amanita phalloides, which is responsible for most fatal poisonings throughout Europe; and the autumn skullcap, Galerina autumnalis, a common woodrotting fungus that buries its mycelium in fallen logs.

Keywords:   poisonous mushrooms, fungus, Amanita virosa, Amanita phalloides, Galerina autumnalis

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