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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Monday, January 19, 2015

{Toadstools Digest Lignin in Nature}

In nature's life's cycle, toadstools (mushrooms) mainly digest e.g. lignin, which is difficult to break down by most other organisms. Husband Pieter wrote in his book about Modern Mushroom Growing: 'Everything is Everywhere; Only the Environment Selects'.
So this is the result of the Lignin break down: mushrooms will start growing on decaying wood.
These are the Armillaria melee or Honey mushroom and is edible!
To the right you can even see younger fruitbodies...
That's how eventually old tree trunks will be digested completely and that closes the cycle of life.
We have many in our wood garden.
Those spores are everywhere and if the environment is right; they will yield fruit bodies.



36 comments:

  1. those clusters are beautiful and quite fascinating!

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  2. Love the fungi. Rotting wood is always a good place to look for them.

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Indeed, inside the woods on dead and decaying trees you find them.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Wow! It looks like a bouquet :) They look pretty on that trunk. I wonder why they're called toadstools?

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    1. Dearest Mari,
      They look like a bouquet in a way and I guess the toad's stool is from old legends.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Hello Mariette, Growing up in Ohio, botany was a favorite hobby of mine, and I often considered adding mycology as a sub-specialty. I obtained a number of the identification manuals, all beautifully illustrated.The fungi are represented by so many varieties, forms and colors, all to be sought out on pleasant walks through the woods and fields. The poisonous nature of many of the wild ones adds a certain intrigue to this hobby.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Yes, botany is a great hobby and we always enjoyed a walk through the woods and fields with our Russian friend who is very knowledgeable about edible mushrooms and knows how to prepare them. If in doubt, better leave them alone or take a good photo to enjoy that instead. My husband's favorite reply to people asking if what they found is edible, is:'You can eat them ALL but a few of them only once...'
      Only if we are very sure we eat them and there are so many sub-species and look alikes; if in doubt you better buy them at a grocery store!
      Kindest regards,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    das ist wunderschön!
    Frohe Sonntagsgrüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Dearest Marianne,
      Yes, it is for all those that love nature and observe its many different forms.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Ciao Mariette,buona domenica!Baci,rosetta!

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    1. Cara Rosetta,
      Grazie e anche voi una buona settimana!
      Baci,
      Mariette

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  8. Dear Mariette,what an interesting post!
    I like mushrooms !Can you eat those?
    Here you can find many types of mushrooms on the mountains!
    Wishing you a lovely week!Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      Oh, it is at times so interesting to observe what all is growing in our gardens and around us!
      We don't eat many mushrooms found in nature; unless we're 100% sure what they are. Better don't take risks.
      Oh, you probably can collect the Boletus edulis, like in the mountains of Italy. We LOVE those!
      Sending you hugs and blessings for a good week.
      Mariette

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  9. Great photos of these mushrooms!
    They are indeed very useful to recycle biomass, especially dead wood in forests.
    Lovely post!
    Enjoy what's left of your sunday, dear Mariette!

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    1. Dearest Noushka,
      Thank you for your visit and comment, yes they are very beneficial in nature's cycle!
      Sending you hugs and best wishes,
      Mariette

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  10. Love the sentence "Only the Environment Selects."
    You sure have the right environment for them :-)

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      It is a true fact and so often we found out about it as well.
      Yes, when the food source is available and the right temperature and moisture level; they grow!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. lieve Mariette ..
    Mooie foto's van de paddestoelen ...
    De natuur is mooi als je hem de gang laat gaan ...
    Een fijne week ..
    liefs

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    1. Lieve Nieneke,
      Dank je wel en ja, Moeder natuur heeft vele wonderbaarlijke vormen en het is aan ons om er van te genieten!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette,

    It must be magical walking around your wood garden - love the toadstools.
    Hope your year is off to a great start
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      When walking the trail through our wood garden, we always do discover something new!
      Wishing you a happy week.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Mariette,

    I saw my first Amanita Muscaria while hiking in Colorado . They are the red and white polka dotted mushrooms, and I thought they only existed in fairy tales! Janey

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Well, we can discover lots of different mushrooms in the wild, always a great sight. And those very poisonous Amanita Muscaria look great but don't ever eat them!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Liebe Mariette,
    auch in unserem Garten finden sich Pilze an Baumstämmen - auch am Boden - ich pass immer auf, damit unsere Hunde sie nicht fressen -
    du hast sie auf jeden Fall schön mit der Kamera erfasst -
    Baumpilze trockne ich mir schon mal als Dekoration im Herbst - sieht hübsch aus -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Ja, wenn man ein Auge dafür hat kann man im Garten und zum spazieren gehen viele Pilze finden. Aber die Hünde werden nichts fressen was gefährlich ist; die kennen sich da schon aus!
      Danke für deine Wörter und ja, als Dekoration ist es schön im Herbst.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  15. Dearest Mariette; Oh, "mushrooms will start growing on decaying wood" ; I've reminded this fact and I didn't know the word 'lignin', pc dic taught me the Japanese word and all I could get was 'wood' in the Japanese word , I think I'll check when I find time :-) We are eating varieties of them now. Especially winter is the season of Nabe and sukiyaki. Yes I also was impressed by your husband's word, 'Everything is Everywhere; Only the Environment Selects' ☆☆☆

    ps. Thank you SO much for your kind words in your comment for me. I told her about your praise tonight when my husband called her and she sounded so happy saying her mother would glad to hear the word♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      So happy with your husband's colleagues joy and she deserved the praise; well earned!
      As for the explanation of lignin, you can find here the best information: http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Lignin
      Sending you hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  16. Amazing what nature produces! Thanks for sharing these mushroom “bouquets."

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    1. Dearest Emily,
      Yes, nature produces lots of little wonders and we can at least enjoy it with our eyes!
      Sending you hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. Dearest Mariette,
    What is lovely mushrooms for modem organicms book. more people's growing decaying woods even younger fruid bodils. More old tranks has degested completetely of the cycle of life in Japan we had eating are lots of mushrooms yes I love so much all mylife. we can one sliced of whligrainn toast flow of good food coming in high exertrion nutrients made me good old ladys.
    Thank you very much!
    Hugs and love both of yours!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Yes, I know in Japan you consumer quite a variety of mushrooms, I have seen them in the fresh market and was quite impressed when I was in Japan in 2007.
      Sending you hugs and blessings for a good week.
      Mariette

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  18. E' incredibile come la natura riesca a stupirci ed incantarci di continuo, senza nulla chiedere in cambio. Proprio come questi funghi, dalla loro forma armoniosa, abbracciati stretti stretti l'uno all'altro. Un abbraccio. Paola

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    1. Cara Paola,
      Oh, finché abbiamo aperto i nostri occhi per la bellezza della natura intorno a noi, possiamo essere molto stupiti!
      Baci,
      Mariette

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