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September 23 2012

Deadly and Delicious Amanitas Can No Longer Decompose


Amanita mushrooms ó like all creatures ó rot, but most of them canít rot other things.

The fact that they donít rot other things is not news to biologists, who have long known that many, if not most, fungi have become professional partners with trees, plants, or algae.

The fact that they canít rot other things ó as reported in July in PLoS ONE ó is news, and provides a clue to how symbiotic partnerships can withstand the temptations of leaving and the sometimes dissonant interests of their symbiotic partners.

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