Does mushroom picking damage or encourage the Mycelium?

Marck D. Pearlstone marckp at
Sat Nov 11 07:57:59 EST 1995

I have long believed that collecting the fruiting bodies of a fungus
would (for many species) encourage the mycelium to fruit more stringly
in future years.

Can anyone confirm or deny this scientifically speaking?

The conservationists are beginning to intrude upon the amateur
(gastro)mycologist in the UK, claiming danger of extinction of some
common species (particularily boletes in the New Forest).

TIA for your consideration of this argument.

Marck D. Pearlstone
marckp at

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