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Trametes versicolor

Trametes versicolor
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Fungi
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-02
Categories: Fungi
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/3 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mushrooms [Chapter 2], Setas de Galicia - Mushrooms from Galicia (Spain) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 14:46
Viewed: 5494
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When you think everything has been said about one of the most common fungi in the world, incredible info appears.
This note is literally taken out of THIS site.

My only intention posting this info is to point out a curious info I found in the net.
The theme is delicate, so take your own conclusions. I wont say anything more this time.


BACKGROUND: Scientists at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash. are studying the cancer-fighting properties of a fungus. The Trametes versicolor mushroom species, commonly known as "turkey tail," has long been used by herbal physicians in China and Japan. The fungus of interest is a bracket fungus, meaning it grows on the sides of logs or trees. It has no stem like a mushroom and feels tough like leather to the touch. It can be brown, white, tan, orange, red, or purple in color -- or all these colors at once. Turkey tail is not poisonous, but it is too tough for humans to eat. However, box turtles and gray squirrels love it.

NEW TREATMENTS: Researchers come up with new ways to fight cancer every year. Many of these new treatments don't work, but some become part of the oncologist's arsenal. In this case, researchers are leaving no log unturned in their search for a new medication. Turkey tail is already used to treat cancer in Asia, so researchers funded by the NIH wanted to find out if the fungus actually has cancer-fighting properties. One of the investigators, Cynthia Wenner, Ph.D., says stories of a turkey tail tea possibly helping someone's stomach cancer got Asian pharmaceutical companies interested. "In Asia, they're using it as an adjunctive or in combination with chemotherapy for fighting cancer," she says. She and her colleagues are now trying to find which active ingredients in the fungus stimulate a person's immune system and if the stimulation is enough to get the body to fight off cancer. "Tricking the body to think it needs to give a very strong response against the fungal infection," Wenner explains.

COOKING WITH MUSHROOMS: According to Wenner, you can get some of the health benefits mushrooms offer next time your family cooks dinner. Turkey tail may not be something you'd want to add to your beef stew, but "several of the mushroom species, such as shitake, oyster mushroom, button mushrooms, all of them have the same kind ... of anti-cancer, anti-viral effect, and they can very easily be part of your cooking," says Wenner. Since starting this study, she says she's developed a new appreciation for the benefits and taste of mushrooms."

Hope you like!

F8 - 1/3 - Manual mode - Tripod

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Great pic. thanks, Ori

A spectacular show of fans along this twig Felipe most unusual to see them spread out like this. they are well seen and a good accompaniment to the informative notes.
TFS Robert

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-13 17:52]

Very interesting shot. Excellent details and a very nice composition. I love the colours. Well done on the exposure, these are harder than they look. Nice work.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-13 18:31]

Nice photo.
I like the symmetry of the fungi around the branch. The colours and lines in the fungi are facinaticing.
I am now kicking myself that I didn't photograph the bracket fungi I spotted yesterday. It was a little hard to get close enough to so I didn't bother. Won't do that again.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-14 0:22]

Hi Felipe, I've seen these turkey tails / skirts on TN before, but to me this is the best! Excellent compo looking up the skirts showing their pretty petticoats. Awesome details, nice and sharp, and they contrast so well against the green plants and fallen leaves. Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-14 3:56]

Very interesting note Felipe! I hope this is truth and these fungi will soon help to solve cancer problem! Picture is as always amazing. I love POV this time! Great Y-like composition. Another shot which prove that fungi world are beautifull!


Excellent capture Felipe! I really cannot find anything to fault..Excellent work - Excellent note, Very well done.

Very interesting shot. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details. Well done.

Its a lovely shot Felipe wonderful colours and patterns. It amazes me how you find so many of these things, I mean like do you find a new fungi/mushroom on every outing? Very nice work..

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-07-14 12:26]

Hi Felipe. Fantastic shot, composition and sharpness OK.
Very good photo.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-14 16:21]

Hello Felipe,
This is a great shot.
I hope when the season arrives I can do something as well as this.
Great colours,clarity and detail.
Excellent composition.
Well done.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-15 4:24]

Beautiful shot for this interesting mushroom ! Composition, colors, details and sharpness are very good ! Thanks for sharing Felipe.

Wonderful symetric composition. Perfect exposure and just the right amount of environment. The single one on the top right adds a lot to this shot.
It may be common Felipe, but your work is always worth a look, well done TFS.

Very good composition, Felipe (as usual, I would like to say). You really know how to take the best of these. Very equilibrated shot, with colors coming out very well despite the very little shades between them. Nice touch of green to refresh the composition.

A bizarre and lovely patch of fungi, Felipe! I like the pattern you've selected by the number and position of the disks.

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