Does mushroom picking damage or encourage the Mycelium?
Robert D. Darby
darby at halcyon.com
Wed Nov 22 21:42:21 EST 1995
On 21 Nov 1995, Richard W. Kerrigan wrote:
> In addition to picking (in the strict sense), one might consider other
> related impacts (soil compaction, organic horizon displacement, etc.).
> The matsutake research station I visited near Sonobe, Japan, restricted
> foot traffic to well-defined paths which were minimally used. -- Rick
I have been photographing, creating works of art, culturing, and gathering
mushrooms for 25 years. Regarding the matsutake I can testify that
destruction of the surface areas with such things as garden rakes will
destroy an area. When the moss they typically fruit from is raked back
and left to dry out, they will not fruit until the moss returns taking
years. Also the mycelium on the surface is exposed at this time and
dries out sending god knows what message to the growth below. They might
move a few feet away the next year but generally the same army of rake
preditors will return and rake back further, until there is no moss. I
know an area near Seattle where this was done for decades until there is
no moss at all--nor matsutake.
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