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#1 PVestlandia

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 04:36 AM

Taken from Norwegian national paper "Aftenposten" ("Evening Post"):
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"A bump in the garage floor turned into a half meter of mushrooms
in little more than three days. It crushed its way through five centi-
meters of asphalt in Åge Reppes garage in Stord, western Norway."
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"It is the water pressure in the cells of the fungus that makes it
able to crack the asphalt, says a biologist at the local university."

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 05:18 AM

Amazing! Nice find PV :thumbup:
Asphalt turns Shaggies into super fungi for some reason or they just like to show off :lol:

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 06:37 AM

That is really neat I have seen a pic of that somewhere else a few years back. I thought it was because they twisted like a drill but that would twist their top off lol
The place I seen them pop up was a grassy field I didn't know there would be enough room for them to pop up through the grass root system, but they make their own way.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 07:16 AM

I just had a nice meal of shaggies last weekend. Wish they'd bust through my garage floor.

I'll try to fix the pics later and upload them here.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:07 AM

Wow that is pretty wild.

Here is the translated article for all to read:I did it through google so is not the greatest.
http://www.aftenpost...icle4246472.ece

The fungus blew through five inches of asphalt.

This fungus folds up like an umbrella, disintegrate and turn into ink-like fluid in the end.

A little cool in the garage floor was half a meter with mushrooms in three days. The fungus blew through two inches of asphalt in the garage for Åge Reppe in Stord, Hordaland.

- There was a bump on the asphalt in my carport for a year. When I built the walls on the carport, were the fungus as a shot, says Reppe to Adressa.no
The ink-like liquid

Associate Professor of Botany at University College of Nord-Trøndelag (HiNT), Håkon Holien, concludes that this is a matblekksopp.

- It can not be any doubt that this is a matblekksopp. This fungus is growing fast. When it has come up through the asphalt, fold it up like an umbrella, then goes in solution. It is an ink-like fluid in the end, hence the name, says Holien

In this way spreading matblekksoppen their tracks, and then it has done its job.

The water pressure in the cells of the fungus that allows it manages to break through the asphalt. Once the fungus has spread its spores, dissolve the surface. The fungus lives in the ground as long as there is food, and may well come back next year in the same hole.

- Fantastic image

Matblekksoppen is a good mushrooms, but can only be used if it is white all the way through.

- The fungus in the picture starts to get dark, and when it should not be used. When will it taste bad, says Holien.

He adds that matblekksoppen often shows up on roadsides and places that basically are not appropriate places to get food from.

The fungus is not a rare sight, but Holien says that there are reported many cases of a matblekksopp which has penetrated through the asphalt.

- It's a great image, he concludes.

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Posted 05 October 2011 - 11:01 PM

that is amazing...

#7 j4yl0w

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 05:38 AM

mighty mighty mushrooms, never would i have guessed that they can crack asphalt.


wonder what happened to the mushrooms that live off radiation in Chernobyl. The place looks like a national park now




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