Morel Monday

A wild morel mushroom that can cultivate bacteria belowground.GETTY

The agricultural revolution of 10,000 years ago was thought to be a unique hallmark of Homo sapiens. Now, we know that termites cultivate monocultures of fungi and damselfish farm algae. Humans and animals aren’t the only ones farming – microbes are doing it, too, according to researchers who discovered that a fungus can farm bacteria.

The soil fungus Morchella crassipes, also known as thick-footed morel, is a decomposer as well as a beneficial mycorrhizal fungus that forms symbiotic relationships with plants. The thick-footed morel is also a bacterial farmer. Here are five characteristics of human agriculture that the thick-footed morel also uses to farm the bacteria Pseudomonas putida.

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10 Responses to Morel Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Wish those would farm in my yard.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Sunny and warmer. Just 13 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe. Inside, the carpet in dining area that I use has been replaced; certainly needed it and looks nice now.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Dull, Bland and Boring have a celebration day together once a year.


  4. jimhitchcock says:

    50 tweets by The Donald this weekend…none showing any degree of sanity.


  5. Den says:

    This cat is off to bed:


  6. Carol says:

    Yeah, Trump is off his rocker, has been from the beginning. He’s getting worse, of course. Personality disorder of the highest caliber if nothing else.


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