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TURKEYTAIL FUNGUS

Updated: Dec 9, 2020


This is another fungus with a helpful name slowly eating the rotting wood around Otley. We can thank the Americans for what is now its most popular name – in England it used to be known as the Many-zoned Polypore – more scientific perhaps, but a tad dull. It can actually vary quite a lot in appearance, whilst sticking to the broad contour-like template. This leathery fungus has been used over the years to decorate tables and even hats. Studies are taking place to investigate its possible use in cancer treatment.


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