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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: UE finds bizarre mutant fungus! Reply with quote





This is what they normally look like:



For the foragers among you, this is honey fungus, which is edible but will kill everything else in your garden if you introduce it by mistake. Must be blanched before frying. I haven't yet summoned up the courage to try these mutants. This sort of mutation (called a "morel-like teratological form") is well known in at least ten species of funghi, but not usually this species (AFAIK).
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It reminds me of the "double" versions of flowers that you get. There were some bizarre chemicals doing the rounds when I lived in Brighton...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
It reminds me of the "double" versions of flowers that you get. There were some bizarre chemicals doing the rounds when I lived in Brighton...


Ah, but this was growing in the central reservation of the A23 just south of Crawley...

They are effectively mushrooms with skin cancer. They also offer some insight into the probable evolution of the morels:

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ah, but this was growing in the central reservation of the A23 just south of Crawley...

They are effectively mushrooms with skin cancer.
What on earth were you doing on the central reservation just south of Crawley (yeah alright looking for mushrooms...) ah happy memories, I saw Judas Priest play there. Perhaps the pollution from the road is somehow bnggering up their genes?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I saw Judas Priest play there.


.... or perhaps it was a reaction to the music? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 10, 2009 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
UndercoverElephant wrote:

Ah, but this was growing in the central reservation of the A23 just south of Crawley...

They are effectively mushrooms with skin cancer.
What on earth were you doing on the central reservation just south of Crawley


Looking for mushrooms...

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ah happy memories, I saw Judas Priest play there. Perhaps the pollution from the road is somehow bnggering up their genes?


Maybe, but mutations like this have always happened, it's not necessarily pollution that caused it.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...which makes me wonder about the, ermm, wildlife around those junctions shown in the link in Dudley's post.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

emordnilap wrote:
...which makes me wonder about the, ermm, wildlife around those junctions shown in the link in Dudley's post.


Not sure I'd eat anything from around there...
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