Tag Archives: Decomposition

A Fungal Oddity

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Decomposition is a quiet and mostly hidden process. Those organisms involved in the business of decomposing generally tend to their job without a lot of fanfare. And yet these ecological heroes play an important role in the natural cycle of … Continue reading

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Orange Jelly Fungi Provide a Feast for Springtails

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In the photo above, a large group of springtails is feeding upon an orange jelly fungus (Dacrymyces palmatus). Springtails are detritivores, which means that they consume decomposing organic matter. Other examples of detritivores include earthworms and crabs. They differ slightly … Continue reading

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Mushrooms: The Fungi that Fascinate

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The wooded area behind my house is constantly changing. Trees and plants grow and develop, drawing energy from the sun and the decaying matter around them. And then at the appointed time, they die away and their remains sustain the … Continue reading

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