1887

Chapter 34 : The Christmas Fungus on Christmas Island

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Ebook: Choose a downloadable PDF or ePub file. Chapter is a downloadable PDF file. File must be downloaded within 48 hours of purchase

Buy this Chapter
Digital (?) $7.00

Preview this chapter:
Zoom in
Zoomout

The Christmas Fungus on Christmas Island, Page 1 of 2

| /docserver/preview/fulltext/10.1128/9781555818470/9781555815400_Chap34-1.gif /docserver/preview/fulltext/10.1128/9781555818470/9781555815400_Chap34-2.gif

Abstract:

The fungus has a mushroom that looks startlingly familiar whether it is collected from France, Russia, Alaska, California, or New Zealand; the mushroom is bright red and has white spots. This is the species most often targeted by the fairies and bunnies drawn for children’s books. The assumption that fungal spores are passively dispersed by air and water is at odds with obvious biomechanical adaptations to reach or create wind. In nature, fungal dispersal may normally involve active dispersal, as well as wind and water, but now humans also carry species among continents. Humans move species by accident and also to support agriculture, forestry, and horticulture. The fungi function as extensions of a root system and facilitate access to scarce soil resources. For this reason, tins of soil with fungal spores were shipped from Europe and across southern Africa. Microbes are rarely the targets of conservation, but data for plants and animals suggest that introduced species cause harm to local biodiversity. Extinctions are associated with introduced species that spread and fill a habitat. Fungi may go unnamed and ignored, but it seems quite likely that climate change, habitat loss, and also introduced species will cause both a massive rearrangement of current fungal biodiversity and extinctions.

Citation: Pringle A. 2012. The Christmas Fungus on Christmas Island, p 251-254. In Kolter R, Maloy S (ed), Microbes and Evolution. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818470.ch34
Highlighted Text: Show | Hide
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

References

/content/book/10.1128/9781555818470.chap34

This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Please check the format of the address you have entered.
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error