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Nicholas P. Money


Mushrooms are the most wondrous inventions of the last billion years of evolutionary history on earth. Their overnight appearance is a pneumatic process, with the inflation of millions of preformed cells extending the stem, pushing earth aside, and unfolding a cap above the dewy grass. Once exposed, a mushroom's gills shed an astonishing 30,000 spores per second, delivering billions of microscopic particles into the air in a single day, cells that may be capable of spawning the largest organisms on the planet. Mushroom colonies burrow through soil and rotting wood. Some hook into the roots of ... More

Keywords: mushroom, spores, symbioses, trees, hallucinogenic mushrooms, mushroom conservation, cultivation, poisonous, medicinal mushrooms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199732562
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732562.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas P. Money, author
Department of Botany, Miami University