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Originally posted by Beachcoma
What really puzzles me about this mushroom is the lightning bit. Why does it take a lightning strike to make this thing sprout? Very strange, don't you think?
Lightning, does some good, too. It manufactures right out of the air, about 100 million tons of valuable nitrogen fertilizer every year. Air consists of roughly four parts nitrogen to onepart oxygen. Lightning discharges combine the nitrogen andoxygen with the rain which carries the fixed nitrogen down.Much of it falls into the sea, but enough comes down on land to help at least a little in fertilizing the soil. Fertilizer manufacturers have used the same method to getnitrogen out of the air, by discharging electric sparks continu-ously.
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Termitomyces contains important wild edible species. These fungi only grow in association with termites and their nests and are dependent on the organic matter brought by the insects from their feeding on trees. Although Termitomyces are saprobic, they are symbiotic with termites.
Originally posted by LostSailor
You are correct... I've searched the cow pastures of Nebraska in the past for those fun mushrooms. Those days are long gone now though. You know you can grow those yourself right?