Fungus hunt

Scientists are collecting information to create a family tree for fungi (and mushrooms).

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM July 1, 2005

There are lots of ways to enjoy mushrooms. You can put portabellas on pizzas. You can sauté shitakes with butter and garlic. You can hunt for morels in the woods. Or you can study porcinis under a microscope.














Shitake mushroom.


Shitake mushroom.


Robert L. Anderson, USDA Forest Service,

Scientists do all of these things—and more. Mushrooms belong to a major group of organisms called fungi. Not quite animals and not quite plants, fungi are turning out to be full of mysteries an...

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