The Fungus Among Us
See more of the Virtual Museum of Canada  
| ENGLISH | FRANÇAIS |
It's a Fungusful World!
Fungus in Our Lives
Fungal Science
Finding Fungi
Funky Fungi Facts
Fungal Folklore
Mushroom Models
Fungal Fun
Meet the Mushrooms: Fungi A-Z
  It's a Fungusful World!
 
 
Dacrymyces sp., Alex Wilson
 
IT'S A FUNGUSFUL WORLD!
Fruit ferments, vegetables rot, feet itch, and mushrooms sprout overnight on our lawns. These events all have one thing in common—the unseen mycelia of thousands of species of fungi. Moulds, yeasts, mushrooms, and other fleshy fungi are all around us. Once thought to be plants, fungi, the ultimate destroyers and recyclers of nutrients, now stand alone in a kingdom of their own.

Nova Scotia is home to thousands of species of fantastic fungi—one shady hemlock ravine alone hosts some 3,500 species. Their diversity of form is exceeded only by the variety of fanciful names we have given them. Most of us have met the larger ones—the Stinkhorns, Puffballs, Meadow Mushroom, and the deadly poisonous Destroying Angel. Many of us even purchase edible fungi with our groceries or order them on pizza!
 
ANYONE FOR FUNGI?
Welcome to The Fungus Among Us. This site has been developed for naturalists of all ages. It is science-based, but accessible to anyone who's ever found a fungus in the basement, or wondered why bread goes mouldy-or just wants to learn about the inimitable world of fungi.
 
Go ahead and start your journey of discovery!
 
| CONTACT US | GLOSSARY | ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS | SITEMAP | DISCLAIMER |

© Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History 2003. All Rights Reserved.