The first signs of new life make these scientists optimistic for the future of the forest. Dr. Miller, a mycologist from the University of Illinois, and his team from the University of Tennessee and Savannah State University found what they're looking for: pyro-nema, a tiny fungi that only grows after a fire.
"They've basically been sitting in the soil as spores waiting for the fires to come along, and as soon as that happens they fruit in abundance and they're basically all over the place," he said. These tiny particles are the food for the plants and the trees to sprout again.
"These fungi are the first to come in, they help decompose all the other stuff until the rest of the growth comes in,"
Miller explained. There's lots of different fungi that grow in the park, but this pyro-nema is a new species, and it's here to nourish the forest. Link:
Although mushrooms are more-less a bumper crop it's fun while the harvest last and it's great to see them visiting during both spring and fall and hiding underground during the winter season of colder temperatures.
But first, for the rest of you who may be reading this, let’s start with something more basic: what exactly is a morel? Not The City in India however it's a mushroom humans love to eat and make creamy soups from. Take a look at the photo below.
Ocean Blue is working with fungi in waterways studying the working relationship of how fungi is the leader in even feeding our native plant network. This has been an ongoing process with less then 100 dollars even being donated to this research project.
So we stopped publishing request for donation however the project is moving forward everyday and hopefully in a few years we will be sharing amazing highlights to something very amazing and almost a secret not many seem to want to invest in. Ocean Blue feels after we share the data being collected in hope everyone can obtain funding for something so vital and overlook. The below photo is a native mushroom used in sequoia Creek in Corvallis, Oregon.
We cultivate from this Oyster Species and wow she seems to be highly resilient to the area of stream she was already residing in. ( we do not use food grade or mushrooms from random locations for it would take to long for the fungi to adapt)
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I'm Richard Arterbury and I love the Ocean more than life. My goal is to share wisdom about the environment and shared values handed down from the Choctaw Nation! I'm Choctaw Indian and the passion runs deep from within.