Made seaweed wrap and it looks like a mini mushroom garden <3 it was ALMOST too cute to eat.
A wasp (Vespula vulgaris) hovers over “pink earth” (Dibaeis baeomyces) collected from road side in Eastern Connecticut. This tiny pioneer lichen can colonize large patches of bare ground. Take a look at the ground next time your outside. The tiny world is spectacular!
Specimen provided by Dr. Bernard Goffinet at The University of Connecticut. A forest of lichen is coming soon! Get excited!
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Plants can communicate the onset of an attack from aphids by making use of an underground network of fungi, researchers have found. Instances of plant communication through the air have been documented, in which chemicals emitted by a damaged plant can be picked up by a neighbour. But below ground, most land plants are connected by fungi called mycorrhizae.
I loved these shelf fungus because they seemed to be demonstrating their life cycle. Cool.