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Archive for July 29, 2011

Decomposition

It’s a well-known fact that fungi, along with invertebrates and bacteria, are responsible for the majority of plant and animal decomposition that occurs.  They are very efficient at breaking down organic material into simpler forms of matter that can then be recycled.  Seeing  this mushroom, the fruiting body of a fungus, undergoing  the same process  with which it is associated reminds me of the porcupine with a face full of quills it received from its relative.