symbiotic fungi

anonymous asked:

The thing with it being a parasitic fungus is that parasitic organisms usually are pretty specifically adapted to certain conditions (like the hosts body temperature etc. for endoparasites); Plus fungi aren'tusually that keen on shifting conditions like sudden extreme heat, an will most likely produce spores of some sort. But I mean, you can really do whatever you want, sometimes especially fungi behave not like expected! Reversal of some inner reactions under changing conditions for example

Ohh gotcha! The fungi in question aren’t–really so much fungi beyond they ‘look like such’ but rather an intelligent lifeform–going a bit spoilery here, i’ve shown once (in a terribly old comic)

that there;s enormous projections of a sort of plant/fungal macroform enveloping Frontera, enormous spires that weave in and out of the planet’s crust. It’s sort of a big deal what it entails, and there’s even a membrane that covers the surface of the planet and makes it hard to pass in and out–a sort of imposed quarantine that only recently outside federations were able to traverse (in no small part because of Altes who live in the membrane) Domes are also very organic and there’s a sort of ‘nerve cluster’ network made by this macroform some call Huizache. 

The fungi is venerated as a being, and it does respond to this–Amanuenso have an innate affiliation with it, as well as most other frontera gestalt and just gestalt in general, with a sect of knights that are ‘anointed’ by being possessed by this thing. One of such examples is a main character whom i don’t touch much–here’s drawing by the amazing @extra-vertebrae

Sabelico is one of the more hardcore knight examples, though overall the huizache’s presence could definitely imply super adaptive biology since knights compose military and theistic ranks that traverse outside of the amanu sphere, so definitely outside their safe environments. Though man I loooove the suggestion that it’d behave unexpectedly under certain circumstances! gives good food for thought

inglenook-corvidae

ooh perhaps the fungi or a specific type of fungi serves as a kind of “parasitic hemoglobin” in warmer tempretures, meaning they can i dunno spend a few weeks eating it/bathing in it to fill their bloodstream with oxygen-carrying nanospores that allow travel in warm enviroments but have to be purged every so often, giving a kind of waiting period moving between tempretures to stop the “fungal bends” or something

maybe it could cause damage long term so they cant LIVE in warm enviroments, and have to return to a cold enviroment every few years, a process requiring a few weeks or months of acclimatization and parasitical fungal hemoglobin purging to prevent blood hyperoxygenation . and the spores can turn them a funny colour/have wierd side effects

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! It reminds me a little of Jauria biology issue where they sometimes become bloated with blood if they don’t berserk often or do blood-letting, the purging thing entails just so much nice…weird body horror stuff? Also a sort of, universal ‘get down and purge’ thing…since Jauria also have a kind of symbiote fungi and Jauria run both SUPER hot and live in hotter environments maybe it helps with this in some way?

They gotta groom their huizache growths or get curly hair or something, haha…oh man this sounds super cool, thanks for the suggestion! 

The Hidden Life of trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate

While I have long loved forests in all their forms, I had never understood them as deep a way until this book enriched me, giving me as close to an inside perspective on what life as a tree might be like as I’m likely to get. Written by a forester with over 30 years experience managing a communal forest in Germany, the first thing it taught me to do was to slow down my perspective on time, and perceive what life lived at a very different rhythm and in vastly varying constraints must be like. Unlike the events of deep geological time, trees still change on a human scale while remaining able to live for several millennia. The tree your grandfather planted remains but a youngster.

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anonymous asked:

hey i have a jactus question,,, how do they get energy? their feet r kind of like roots but they also have a mouth? i am curious

Jactus can absorb nutrients through their roots like most plants! But unlike other plant-people Jactus cant extract nutrients to the proper level to stay healthy, so they have a body cavity filled with absorbent Gel and Symbiotic Fungi/Mold to help break down foods into the nutrients they need!

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While some may think lichens are detrimental to plant health, they are actually an indicator of a healthy environment and serve important ecological roles. Lichens are a symbiotic relationship between fungi and algae or cyanobacteria, and are capable of photosynthesis. Some lichens also have the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen which is good for other organisms and contributes to the nitrogen cycle. Pictured are a variety of lichens including Usnea sp. and Teloschistes flavicans growing on the plant Calyptranthes sp.


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An Hour and a Half at Knole Park, Sevenoaks - 17th November 2014

It had been raining on and off for a few days and today the sun was just about out, although showers were forecast, so we risked a walk at Knole Park, Sevenoaks. Being National Trust members we could park by Knole house for free and walk from there. Big clouds were threatening rain soon though!

Right by the car park area was a herd of deer. Deer have been a feature of the park for hundreds of years and of course used to be hunted by the gentry and nobility that visited there. Today, there were plenty of young deer to see.

There was even a white baby deer! Although the deer are used to people, you can’t easily get very close, so I rested the camera on the wing mirror and zoomed in to get these shots.

We walked along the side of Knole house past the cafe that is being renovated, and next to this path were large areas of short grass and moss, kept short by the deer grazing. Here there were a variety and large numbers of fungi, mainly waxcaps like these fantastic Scarlet Waxcaps. They tend to grow in solitary groups rather than dotted all over like some of the other red capped waxcaps. Underneath the gills are quite yellow, very colourful.

Some splashes of yellow in the grass were these splendid Golden Waxcaps, truly amazing looking things!

Looking closely in the grass you could see small yellow fingers pushing up between the grasses. The most numerous were these Apricot Club fungi. Much like Yellow Stagshorn but the clubs aren’t branched to any extent and they grow in grass and not on wood. They’re only about an inch tall so you have to look closely! Not all fungi are toadstool shaped!

As the path went on there was an avenue of ancient Beech and Oak trees looking good in their Autumn colours.

Near the base of one of these trees was a tiny orange toadstool that I haven’t yet been able to identify. When you look in the books (and online) there are actually a lot of tiny orange fungi! The rough striated stem on this one flummoxed me!

Another slimy cap fungi came into view, a dull brown one this time, a Butter Cap. Like the waxcaps this also has a very slimy cap.

As we approached the area where the path crossed the golf course we saw big black clouds approaching fast and realised we were soon to get a soaking! Some more deer were to be seen here including this stag.

And a young buck.

All this in about 20 minutes so far! Anyway, given the impending rain we decided to return to the car rather than continue around the park. We didn’t make it though and we both got a soaking as torrential rain came down for about 10 minutes.

Once back at the car we had a cup of tea from the flask, dried off a bit then decided to drive around Knole to one of the entrances at the Riverhill end. By the time we arrived the rain had gone, although it was still grey and overcast. Even from the car we could see a giant bracket fungus, about 2 feet wide on a large Beech tree. It’s probably a Ganoderma species but which one I don’t know. There was another smaller one on a log nearby.

Given the threat of more heavy rain we decided to just explore within 50 yards or so of the car, but there was still plenty to see. I think when you restrict the area to look at, you look more closely, and so see a lot more.

A clump of moss had recently been kicked up by a deer, attached to it were these Hairy Leg Bell fungi, a tiny species. As it wasn’t attached to the ground I held it up with one hand and took the picture. I think it looks better without the usual background distractions.

Another bracket fungus was found. This time quite small and compact with a white underside and dark top. I’ve seen this before but can’t find it in the books (again). I think it may be a young Hoof fungus. All the books show great big Hoof fungus, and each year they add a layer to the top until they look a bit like an old horses hoof, but much bigger. In fact I’m pretty sure it is a young Hoof Fungus the more I look at it!

At the base of some of the trees were large clumps of Honey Fungus, most well past their best, but still an impressive sight. These were well away from the tree, but growing off their roots and not the trunk or branches. Honey Fungus is highly variable in colour and can be bright yellow or dull brown.

The recent rain had made some grasses look quite interesting, so I took some photos to see if I could get an arty shot!

Some patches of this Orange Honey Waxcap were in the grasses as well. These usually have a dimple in the cap, as shown here.

Some pretty little but darkish fungi were growing out a stump. I felt I should know them but hey ho - after a while looking though images of fungi you zone out and ultimately fail to identify any! I think they maybe a Mycena species (Bonnets). I got one of them pin sharp!

Well it was back to the car again and we drove down to the far entrance closest to the Underiver turning off the Riverhill road. There was still just about enough daylight to have a look around and I’m glad we did. Snowy Waxcaps were here in numbers, a tiny slimy but pretty white toadstool that grows in short grass/mossy areas.

Also in this area of grass were more yellow clubs sticking up, however, these were different to the Apricot Club fungi. They were joined up like a bunch of yellow coral and had branching fingers, they were Meadow Coral, an apt name for a change.

And then another club type fungi! This time it was a group of Yellow Club, subtly different from Apricot Club.

I was still only about 20 yards from the gate, so you don’t have to go far to find all of these! There were a number of large tree trunks lying around in one area that had obviously been there for many years. Growing on these were an abundance of Lichens and Rooting shank toadstools. Of particular note were these Devil’s Matchstick Lichens (In the US they are also known as British Soldiers).

There were hundreds of little red blobs, which by the way, were extremely difficult to focus on! They looked like tiny flowers!

On the same logs were these Cladonia pleurota Lichen (no common name). Trumpet shaped with small specks instead of red blobs for the fruiting bodies. Lichen are actually 2 organisms living symbiotically, a fungi and an algae.

The ferns were dying off now and these even looked good in their Autumn colours. I think if the light had been better the photo would have had more atmosphere, but I included it anyway.

There were many other fungi that I photographed and more I did not, so there’s loads to see. The deer grazing means that Knole isn’t a lot of good for many wildflowers but they provide a great habitat for meadow fungi. With the ancient trees and deadwood as well, there is a great variety of fungi here and it’s well worth a visit. Many of the fungi above I hadn’t seen before, and all were seen and photographed in an hour and a half on what could have been a written off rainy day!

Dave