Mycelial Hydraulics. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

September 08, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom" - Thomas Carlyle 

Mushroom and Morning Dew

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Mushroom and Morning Dew 20220905 850_3310Mushroom and Morning DewA mushroom with morning dew near the boat ramp at Indian Lake, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Mushroom and Morning Dew

Mushroom in the Grass 20220905 850_3308Mushroom in the GrassA mushroom with morning dew near the boat ramp at Indian Lake, South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Some fear that extreme drought conditions might inhibit mushroom mycelium growth. Fungi are resilient though. Mycelial networks can reach deep into the soil profiles to access water. Fungal hyphae survive in extreme drought conditions, hydraulically lifting water to the surface.

We see this hydraulic action in this mushroom, dripping in moisture on a dry morning by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, RI. It is taking in moisture from the air and soil.

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