February: mushroom review | News | University of Bristol



Fruiting bodies of the fly agaric mushroom Amanita muscaria, showing the characteristic white scales on a red cap. The mushroom produces psychoactive chemicals, so it is not surprising that this species is so commonly associated with folklore characters such as gnomes, elves, fairies and pixies. Share this article Press release issued: 1 February 2017 A new review that investigates the true magic of mushrooms and the many roles they play in our lives, in science and in nature has been published by scientists from the University of Bristol. The paper, which appeared recently in Studies in Mycology, covers model organisms used in scientific study, the edible mushrooms, the decomposers, the deadly and the toxic, all the way through to the life-saving medicinal mushrooms important for medicine The review, led by Professor Gary Foster and Dr Andy Bailey from the University’s School of Biological Sciences, covers such areas as the genus Amanita which contains some of the most poisonous species of fungi known


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