Saturday, 26 March 2016

A tree dies; a fungus lives

You may remember how a young alder tree was sawn down by an unofficial tree surgeon in August 2014.  Got a sharp saw for his birthday, maybe.

Well for a bit it looked as if the tree would survive by sending out new shoots, but eventually it sensibly gave up the ghost.  Nothing is wasted in nature however and a fungus (probably Bjerkandera adusta) has colonised the stump and is recycling it.

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