Kew Takes Delivery Of Fungal Hoard

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Kew Takes Delivery Of Fungal Hoard


Kew Gardens is about to become the largest repository of fungi on the planet. From this morning, the botanical behemoth is taking delivery of a new fungal cache, swelling their holdings to some 1.25 million specimens, and representing up to 70,000 species. (We think: the Telegraph seem a little muddled over their numbers.) The sporulation event comes courtesy of the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux International. The merger should offer a better resource for scientists studying the many and varied roles fungi play in plant and animal health. We'd like to suggest that this mycological motherlode also offers a tempting culinary collaboration with the 'world's biggest dairy', planned for the London area. Mushroom soufflé, anyone? Image / Jason Emery.

Last Updated 23 November 2009