by Adam Haritan
January 13, 2020
Red, purple, blue, green, yellow, black, white… it seems that just about every color is represented in the fungal kingdom. But have you ever asked yourself “Why?” Why are mushrooms so colorful? What’s the reasoning behind coloration within the fungal kingdom? Why are some mushrooms highly pigmented while others are seemingly drab? Fortunately, a new study has given us some answers based on trends spanning 40 years and over 3 million observations of mushrooms. Needless to say, the results of this study are quite fascinating! If you’re interested in hearing some surprising stories that the colors of mushrooms can tell, check out the brand new video!
Adam Haritan is creator of Learn Your Land website, a resource featuring pertinent and timely information on ways to engage with nature. As a big part of nature connection involves learning the local landscape, special emphasis is placed on wild plant, tree, and mushroom identification.