My goodness what’s with all the mushroom jokes?! I don’t know, but they’re growing on me!
Parasitic fungi, like mycorrhiza fungi, also form symbiotic relationships with other organisms. But while mycorrhiza fungi form mutualistic relationships with the redwoods, a situation where both organisms benefit, parasitic fungi form relationships where only the fungi benefit, and the host is harmed.
For Further Reading:
Dreskin, Wendy. “Marin Hike: November Brings All Sorts of Fungi Drama.” Marin Independent Journal, Marin Independent Journal, 16 Oct. 2019, www.marinij.com/2019/10/20/marin-hike-november-brings-all-sorts-of-fungi-drama/.
“Parasitic Fungi.” National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/mora/learn/nature/parasitic-fungi.htm.
“Parasitism in Plants and Insects.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., www.britannica.com/science/fungus/Parasitism-in-plants-and-insects.
Patton, Vince. “Oregon Humongous Fungus Sets Record As Largest Single Living Organism On Earth.” Opb, OPB, 2 June 2020, www.opb.org/television/programs/oregon-field-guide/article/oregon-humongous-fungus/.
Last updated: September 16, 2021