Small Animals -
The fungi play a major role in recycling
essential elements from dead organic matter. The fungi often do this in
association with many other organisms in the soil: bacteria, insects, worms,
amoebae, nematodes, and small animals. Many of the fungi associated with
mycorrhizae have mushroom fruit bodies. Others have a variety of fruit bodies
above ground and below ground. The major point is that the members of the
natural system are all connected. When the connections begin to be broken, the
system will suffer. You can kill soil. You can kill a forest. You can kill
many living things that depend on a healthy forest. How? By breaking
See brilliantly colored minute mushrooms were fruit bodies of a
fungus were recycling elements in a symplastless log. (Source
TREE ANATOMY, SHIGO,
1994, pg 86).
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