Mushrooms

mycelium-oysterThe main part of a mushroom is not the visible fruiting body but they mycelium below the ground – showing the typical fractal branching patterns.

But also the gills of many mushrooms show fractal branching, like f.e. the oyster mushroom, photo below.

The mycelium is forming a symbiosis with the root networks of plants, exchanging water and nutrients the plant wouldn’t reach otherwise for carbohydrates like glucose the mushroom can’t produce on it’s own.

Also, the mycelium can grow much finer networks than plant roots, thus increasing the reach of  the plants root system many times over.

oyster-mushroom-gills

Further Reading & Sources

Mycorrhiza – Wikipedia 
Fractal analysis in studies of mycelium in soil
Viagra encourages fractal growth in mushrooms

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