This morning I stopped by the Cornell Mushroom Blog, one of my favorite mycophile sites. The latest post features a short video of a mushroom known as Panellus stypticus as it responds to darkness by displaying an unearthly green glow. I wonder why this fungus has evolved this trait? Perhaps to attract some night-flying disseminator of spores? Here’s a screenshot:
If you would like to see the video just click on the link below. You might have to right-click on the video screen and select “Refresh”, as the video is short and it may have played before you scroll down to it:
While you are at the site check out the archives of past articles. Kathie Hodge and her students have posted many accessible and interesting articles about the world of fungi.