In article <8p9nki$mbo$1 at solaris.cc.vt.edu>,
"Colin Mitchell Beier" <cbeier at vt.edu> wrote:
> yea, i know all about mycorrhizae. i got confused, like i said, by
> FAMILIES, which led me to believe
> an incorrect strategy for shitakes. i thought they were Amanitacea, but
> they are, alas, Lepiotaceae, which
> are pretty much all decomposers. Amanitaceae members, for the most part,
> are obligate mycorrhizals, and
> the sole purpose of my post was moot since i had the wrong family. sorry.
>> i really do understand quite a bit about the physiology and ecology of
> fungi, especially as they relate to plants
> my serious deficiencies, obviously, are in the taxonomy department, and i
> promise to keep my mouth shut until
> i have checked my info. thanks
>Please don't keep your opinions to yourself, Colin. We're all in this
together, and I think most of us are still in a learning curve. With
several thousand fungi to learn about, I think that's going to be a
lifetime-learning experience, at least for me.
I didn't mean to jump on you and apologize if it sounds that way. But one
of the first things that should be established (and hasn't been very
well) is whether a fungus is mycorrhizal or parasitic or saprophytic.
Some fungi, like Armillariella oystoyae may even be all three, depending
on its life cycle. Scary.
Daniel B. Wheeler
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