Fungi of Crater Lake National Park
photo by Robert Mutch
Most fungi are largely invisible to the naked eye, living for the most part in soil, dead matter, and as symbionts of plants, animals, or other fungi. They perform an essential role in all ecosystems in decomposing organic matter and are indispensable in nutrient cycling and exchange. Some fungi become noticeable when fruiting, either as mushrooms or molds (Wikipedia: Fungi).
Many fungal species have long been used as a direct source of food, such as mushrooms and truffles and in fermentation of various food products, such as wine, beer, and soy sauce. More recently, fungi are being used as sources for antibiotics used in medicine and various enzymes, such as cellulases, pectinases, and proteases, important for industrial use or as active ingredients of detergents. (Wikipedia: Fungi).
Nature Notes From Crater Lake about Fungi
- Evolution in Action – Gordon P. Walker, Vol. 13, October 1947
- A Visitor Learns About Lichens – Gordon P. Walker, Vol. 13, October 1947
Other Related Links
- Mushroom poachers at Crater Lake park – October 28, 1998, Crater Lake News
- Shaggy Manes – Nature Notes by Dr. Frank Lang
- Morels – Nature Notes by Dr. Frank Lang