Tree Volvariella

Image shot two days ago.

Image shot two days ago.

Image shot yesterday late afternoon.

Image shot yesterday late afternoon.

 

I found this uncommon but widespread edible mushroom growing from the base of a maple tree.

Pholiota spp. in Clintonville

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I was driving to Whetstone Park of Roses yesterday evening when I spotted this cluster of freshly developed Pholiota spp. fruit bodies.  After some hunting online and in some guides, I believe these likely to be the Pholiota aurivella.  According to www.mushroomexpert.com, these could be P. limonella.  The identifying trait appears to be their difference in spore size.

Tree Ear Fungus

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Found today in Glen Echo ParkAuricularia auricula-judae.

Ben’s paper asks if ancient human metallurgy left its signature in bacterial genomes

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Evolution of a heavy metal homeostasis/resistance island reflects increasing copper stress in Enterobacteria