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Bracket fungi mutualistic relationship

Bracket fungi mutualistic relationship
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-25
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/6 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-16 2:09
Viewed: 5649
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Relationship provides nutrients, stability: bracket fungi and trees.
Bracket fungi and mature trees gain nutrients for both and structural stability for the trees thanks to their mutualistic relationship.

Because this first visible sign of the [bracket] fungus only appears when the tree is elderly or already stricken, it is usually assumed that it is the fungus that has infected the tree like a disease and is bringing about its death. But that is hardly just. The fungus has not attacked the living tissues of the tree, only the dead timber. And now, far from harming the tree, it brings it considerable advantages.

"To start with, the remains of the wood, after the fungus has digested it, are in a form that the tree can absorb. So as this rotted pulp accumulates on the ground within the hollowed trunk, the oak puts out small roots into what was once its centre to reclaim some part of its lifetime savings. And there is new valuable nutriment there too. The hollow trunk has become an attractive home for animals. Bats roost in it, hanging from its walls. Owls nest there. And droppings from these creatures fall on to the ground within and provide further rich sustenance for the tree.

"The removal of the tree's dead heart brings yet another advantage. The change of form from solid pillar to hollow cylinder alters the way in which the trunk reacts to mechanical stress. It is much more resilient and stable. The removal of many tons of timber also reduces the strain on the tree's elderly and doubtless somewhat decayed root system. The result is that an old hollow tree is often able to withstand a gale better than a younger undecayed one. In the ancient hunting parks of England such as Windsor, where trees stand out in the open, unprotected by others from the wind, it is by no means rare after a storm to discover that hollow oaks, four or five hundred years old, remain upright when younger ones, a quarter their age, have been blown over. Tree and fungus, each pursuing its own best interests, have come together to the benefit of both." (Attenborough 1995:213-214)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-16 2:13]

Hi Foozi,today the sharpness isn't the best but that could be happen in a low light and in an handle way to take the pic.But the situation is very strange and interesting,excellent point of view,composition and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Foozi,

An interesting mushroom, where the small holes look like someone has been eating on it..!
The subject is well framed with superb details, and the colours are rich and natural...
Another fine specimen in your fungus series!

Pablo -

Hello Foozi,
Another splendid capture with very fine details and amazing focus.
Great composition, excellent light and colors.
Fantastic sharpness!

Fooz Hello, nice picture of this fungus, the perfect shot and great colors, another pretty picture. All the best, Paul

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful and intereswting picture of these fungi, superb sharpness, excellent POV and DOF, very beautiful composition of shapes and colours.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-02-16 4:10]

Beautiful species, simple and wonderful image. tfs.

Ciao Foozi. Great POV/DOF and beautiful naturalň colours. Intersting graphic effects from the BG.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-16 4:32]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent double capture of this Bracket fungus, the old fruiting body has been perforated completely by insect larvae while the new growth below it looks rich and colourful in its freshness. The image is inhanced by the sharpness and natural colours with a fine patterned BG of the the dead wood substrate.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful image and excellent informative note. Full marks for both. The patterns and textures of the very good composition both complement and offset each other. TFS

Hello Foozi
Impressive photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours.

hello Foozi
a beauty of a fungi with great details and beautiful colours
the sharpness and light are very good
greeting lou

A fine image under good illumination and a strong case of mutualistic symbiosis Foozi, our thanks are also due for the informative note.

Hi Foozi - the fungi man, if I may call you. Excellent capture of the fungi... the clarity in the fungi is amazing with those holes in it. TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-16 7:33]

Hello Foozi,
Very beautiful coloured photo of these fungi in good sharpness and a good choice of composition. Beautiful contrast against the trunk.

Ciao Foozi, lovely fungi with fantastic warm colors, splendid sharpness and wonderful light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Good day friend Foozi,
this strange fungi looks dramatically like a B ..... on a plate if I can be honest, without overstepping my sense of humor, and may be this is the selling point in this interesting shot. Good colors.... good notes!
George Veltchev

Hello Foozi,

another great shot from an fungi.
Look like old and an younger one.
Good of sharpness and details and pov.
Fine colors.


Hi Foozi,
what an interesting fungi. Very rare to me. Interesting note. Perfect composition, nice colours. Good sharpness.
Thanks for sharing.

Hi Foozi,
Masterful Ganoderma photo (most probably G. lucidum), even with the minor camera shake (perhaps the shot was handheld). Great pair of dead and living fruitbody (unlike many other Ganodermas, G. lucidum is an annual species), pretty interesting scene, and the colors are wonderful, as well as the composition. Nice job.
Tfs, friendly regards, László

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-16 13:52]

Hello Foozi,
Excellent photo of this interesting fungi.Light,focus and colours are fantastic.Very good notes.Best regards Siggi

hello Foozi

excellent macro photo of this Rain Forest Fungi,
fine POV to show it with excellent focus sharpnes
and details, beautiful light, TFS


Bellísimo trabajo, primero por el color y luego por las excelentes texturas capturadas
que además le dan mucho dinamismo al conjunto.
Saludos Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

salam akhi Foozi
a very nice shot from your great fungi seri, with great sharpness of focus, color balance and exposure. POV/DOF and composition also great. good informative notes about mutualism.
thanks for sharing, regards and salams.

Hellow Foozi,
Well this is a first for me, amazing textures and designs.Simple image but well presented and seen.

Bonjour Foozi,
Trčs belle restitution du sujet grace ŕ une bonne opposition sur son support naturel dans une excellente profondeur de champ et sous une lumičre bien maitrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

An awesome presentation of an example of reciprocal relationship MF Foozi.
Excellent composition and background, the exposure looks great too.
Have a great night!


Hi Foozi,

The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the bracket fungi. The tree is helping to frame the fungi. the morning light is bringing bout the colors. Have a nice day.


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