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Sun Feb 2 23:06:13 EST 1997

"Dr. M. Halit UMAR" <fungomorph at pi.net>, Date:  Sun, 02 Feb 1997 16:22:42,

<<Transplantation of young fruit bodies of Agaricus bisporus, and possibly
of the Amanita spp, is possible IF an appropriate mass of mycelium
removed together with the fruit bodies. Otherwise they are doomed to
succomb within a few days. Even in this case, they will usually give a
false impression of growth since their volume obviously increases.>>

In the case of Amanita buttons---particularly those of sections Amanita,
Validae, and Phalloidae, and I suspect section Lepidella as well---only
the complete "button" is required.  This is more than a mere mass
("volume") increase due to water absorption; the complete "normal"
development of the basidiocarp (i.e. lengthening of the stipe, separation
of the partial and universal veils, and most importantly maturation
[including keryogamy and the meiotic process etc.] of the basidia) are all
demonstrable by merely placing the button upright and providing adequate
moisture.  Clearly, the Amanita button has, within its one neat little
package, everything it needs to fulfill its function and sporulate, except
for H2O.

Try this with an immature *Morchella* specimen, though, and the ascocarp
will appear to grow, but then collapse in a putrid heap of gelatinized
hyphae---all it can do is absorb water until it loses all structural

--Dave Fischer
David W. Fischer
Coauthor, "Edible Wild Mushrooms of North America" and "Mushrooms of Northeastern North America"

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