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Asheville Fungi Blog — fire

Mushrooms and Drought

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Mushrooms & Drought The mountains of Western North Carolina and the surrounding areas are experiencing a major drought. With Asheville being just an hour from a temperate rainforest, we are used to getting a pretty decent amount of rain here. Some fear that extreme drought conditions might kill mushroom mycelium in the forest. Fungi is extremely resilient though. Mycelial networks can reach deep into the soil profiles to access water. Fungal hyphae are able to survive in extremely dry conditions by hydraulically lifting water to the surface. Nature is awesome...because the more extreme the drought, the GREATER the hyphal biomass! ...

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