The giant fungus was found living under a fallen tree. The entire fungus weighs between 800-1,100 pounds.
A half-ton, 33-foot-long fungal fruiting body was discovered growing under a felled tree in China, researchers said. It's the most massive fruiting body — equivalent to a mushroom, in other fungal species — ever discovered.
The giant fungus is estimated to be 20 years old, according to the BBC. It was feeding on rotting wood, which allowed it to reach its prodigious size.
Like this huge fruiting body, mushrooms are actually the spore-bearing fruit of fungus, growing above soil or on top of its food source. The spores produce new generations of fungi.
Nearly 50 tons of mysterious red particles showered India in 2001. Now the race is on to figure out what the heck they are
By Jebediah ReedPosted 06.01.2006 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis´s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens. In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper
in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space Science in which he hypothesizes that the samples-water taken from the mysterious blood-colored showers that fell sporadically across Louis´s home state of Kerala in the summer of 2001-contain microbes from outer space.