e.hutton at ic.ac.uk
Fri Mar 23 08:12:32 EST 2001
A bit of help on id's please.
In a programme on the radio (BBC) last night about the wild mushroom
business, mostly about the Scottish trade near Edinburgh,
they mentioned an edible fungus growing on trees called 'Angel's Wings'.
Does anyone know what species they are (scientific name please)?
I have never heard of them before.
The supplier said that they had to do a bit of research to ensure
that they are edible.
They had someone on from Oregon talking about their research into
the effects of gathering chanterelles on the reproductive rate.
Apparently when they clear gather the chanterelles every two weeks
the same total weight is produced over the season compared with
a control area, though the fruiting bodies reduce in size after
a lot of picking. Their opinion is that the reduction of yields
of wild mushrooms over recent years is most likely due to things
like increased use of artificial fertiliser, acid rain and habitat
loss, and not really due to overpicking.
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