NT2470 : Killer fungus

taken 12 years ago, near to Morningside, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Killer fungus
Killer fungus
Meripilus giganteus, a fungus that is able to infect and kill trees, especially beech. It produces these large brackets which produce spores that are dispersed and infect other trees. The fungus will continue to appear on the dead tree for several years, living off the dead wood. Important recyclers as well as parasites. This one was on the forecourt of the local petrol station. The tree fell over on 29 February 2008, and a cross section of the stump shows the infection NT2470 : Killer fungus - the sequel. Another tree on the site, an oak, was felled in November 2008 - for a sequence of pictures showing its demise over two hours see NT2470 : Two hours in the life and death of an oak tree [1].
Long lived fungus
A mature beech tree with a large growth of a polypore fungus [Meripilus giganteus] at the base of its trunk was first photographed in autumn 2006. Two years later the tree was blown over and the trunk removed; the sign of the fungal infection could be seen in the wood. The stump has produced fruit bodies regularly over the years - when they are not present the mycelium remains alive in the stump and buried roots, continuing the process of decay and nutrient recycling. The latest photo was taken in 2016.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 26 September, 2006   (more nearby)
Monday, 30 July, 2007
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 243 701 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.1074N 3:12.7674W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 243 701
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