Nature's Recyclers: Beautiful Fungi with the Power to Poison or Heal

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red chantrelle like mushroom photo
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From deserts to the deep ocean, in the midst of intense radiation and extreme saltiness, across the earth and even in outer space, fungi survive. They have the power to poison and heal, provide food and can clean pollution, and, most significantly, are essential to the continuation of life on earth.

Fungi is around us—indeed on us—almost all the time but we only notice it when it blooms. It could be a gently rising loaf of bread, a green fur on the top of your yogurt, or—perhaps most spectacularly—a beautiful mushroom poking up from the forest floor.

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