They help trees communicate with each other, save us from deadly diseases, are a delicious addition to any meal, and so much more! With over 5.1 million species of fungi, there’s a world of information to explore. Here are some articles to get you started!

We’ve curated the best Ever Widening Circles has to offer about these fascinating not-quite-an-animal yet not-quite-a-plant forms of life in this Circle. There’s a lot to thank them for, and even more to marvel at! Click on any of the articles below to get started on your journey.

But first, a joke.

What do mushroom cars sound like?

 

Shroom Shroom.

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Your World: Made Possible By Giant Fungi

8 minutes

[ Education Enrichment ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

What does a 420 million-year-old giant fungus have to do with life on Earth as we know it today? Much more than you might think! (You might have to thank its early cousins for making our lives possible!)
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Welcome to the Wood Wide Web, Meet the Internet of Fungus!

5 minutes

[ Education Enrichment ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Did you know that forests are connected with an internet of fungus? There is an incredible network growing beneath our feet lovingly called the wood wide web!
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Combing Caves for a Cure to Deadly Bacterial Infections

20 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Sam Burns

We've been able to protect ourselves from most bacterial infections for decades now, but that's changing. Deadly bacteria are catching onto our tactics and antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Here's how some scientists are working to stay one step ahead of this problem by exploring the depths of caves and the bacteria that call them home!
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Innovators to the End: Mushroom Burial Suits!

12 minutes

[ Conservation & Sustainability ]

By Dr. Lynda

Ingenious people are always the ones dragging culture forward. It is time to start innovating when it comes to death. How about a mushroom burial suit!
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Nothing like a good ZOMBIE story!

7 minutes

[ Education Enrichment ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Mother Nature can put on a pretty good show herself when it comes to Halloween themes. Zombies might not be what you expected! Check out our Halloween feature!
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Here’s Where Your Mushrooms Come From!

6 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Sam Burns

You can find fungi pretty much everywhere—including your plate. But how does it get there? The amazing series, How Does it Grow, brings us to one of the largest mushroom growers in the United States to find out how!
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Fungi, the Technology of the Future?

7 minutes

[ #ConspiracyofGoodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Imagine a future filled with bricks, furniture, and leather made of mushrooms! That fungi-filled future is here and it's the kind of innovation that needs celebrating!
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