Citizen Science helps Researchers to learn more about Honey Fungus

At the start of autumn, many people will observe that honey-like fungus will start to grow on woody plants.

A team of plant pathologists compared samples from over 5,000 records of confirmed cases and explored previous studies in an attempt to learn more data about the interesting fungus. The data revealed that plants found in the UK could that into three classes, per the susceptibility to the disease.

Plants that are a part of the Myrtales order of flowering plants, among which we can count myrtle and fuchsia, along with Ericales, which include camellia and heather,  feature a lower susceptibility. In the middle we can found maples magnolia and rose, others. Saxifragales, which include witch hazels and liquidambar and Fagales, which include sweet chestnut and birch, show the highest susceptibility to the problem.

One of the researchers who contributed to the study has stated that a large part of it was made possible by gardeners who sent samples. He also encouraged gardeners to follow planting advice, as they aim to minimize the appearance and spread of such problems.

In recent years the spread of honey fungus has been accelerated by factors like extra warmth, and dry summers, which can render plants more vulnerable to attacks of this type. The fungus can reach and infect a wide variety of trees and woody plants. After it manages to spread in a garden, it can be kept under control feature, but there is no way to eradicate it.

Yellow-brown mushoorms, which can be seen on the surface signal the presence of stronger organisms, which tend to spread underground over a large area. The largest living organism which is present on Earth is a specific type of honey fungus, and it can be found in the Blue Mountains, Oregon.

There are several guides compared can teach gardeners how to identify and minimize the damage made by the fungus.

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