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What is this mushroom in Illinois?

I might have figured it out. It looks to be a ganoderma sessile type fungi which is often associated with declining trees. It just so happens that this area of my yard is right next to a tree that isn’...
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Where in the biological realm is vitamin B5 chiefly produced?

General Considerations Pantothenic acid is a precursor for the synthesis of Coenzyme A which is essential for most, if not all, living organisms. As bacteria appeared on earth before plants, and can ...
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help with mushrooms identification

This is most likely a member of the genus Panaeolus, based on the black spore print (distinguishing from Psilocybe and Conocybe), growth in grass (distinguishing from Psathyrella and Naematoloma), ...
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Is this a form of *LaetIporous sulfurous*? Tree is in north central Virginia

This is indeed Chicken-of-the-Woods - and a nice specimen! However, there are multiple species that closely resemble each other, all called "Chicken-of-the-Woods." Based on your location and ...
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Puffball growing on a tree: What kind of mushroom is this?

I believe these are Fomitopsis betulina (= Piptoporus betulinus), the Birch Conk (or Birch Polypore or Tinder Polypore), a common mushroom throughout the Northern hemisphere. Fig. 1. Young Fomitopsis ...
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What kind of mushroom is this in central Europe?

Based on the lateral stem, fan-like shape, and growth on wood, I believe these are Pleurotus or a closely related genus. Pleurotus are generally soft, while Hohenbuehelia are more rubbery (David Arora,...
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Is this a Enoki aka. velvet shank aka. Flammulina velutipes?

I would agree with your identification of Flammulina velutipes based on the description in Mushrooms Demystified (David Arora, 1986) and the page on MushroomExpert.Com (Michael Kuo, 2013). Arora ...
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Beneficial effects of the fungi of a termite mound on the diseases suffered by the termites

In at least one case termite cultivated fungus produce antibiotics that benefit the termites and protect them from dangerous fungus. Of course just the fungus acting as food is also a huge benefit to ...
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