Killer fungus - Piptoporus betulinus

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Bruce Williams
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Killer fungus - Piptoporus betulinus

Post by Bruce Williams »

Hi folks,

This afternoon I took my dog Maggy for a walk in King's Wood, Heath and Reach, Bedfordshire. It's an ancient woodland with both clay and sandy areas. These photos were taken in the sandy part which supports a mix of birch and sessil oak with bracken and heather for ground cover. Sadly many of the birch have succumbed to the birch polypore fungus Piptoporus betulinus which grows inside the host tree eventually killing it.

There are fallen trees everywhere with fruiting bodies growing from the dead trunks. Many of the trees that are still alive show evidence of infection. In fairness I should record that this woodland is extremely well managed so I guess this naturally selective culling of birch is being tolerated.

Bruce :(




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Post by Ken Ramos »

Very good photographs there Bruce. These types of fungi always seem to bring about a curiosity when I happen to run across them and most are quite beautiful, as you have shown us here. I hope to get out and about in the woods here soon. There is so much to see this time of year. :D

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Post by beetleman »

Great pictures Bruce. To me, the first two are wonderfully scientific, showing the top and bottom of the fungus. The third picture is very artistic IMO, very balanced. I like the way you composed the shot :D and the background adds a lot to the photo.
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