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Word of the Week: Mycelium
June 13, 2018 by Sammy Tangir

Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each Wednesday to amp up your nature vocabulary!

A patch of mycelium I found on a leaf buried under a log!

Mycelium [mahy-see-lee-uhm] (noun): Thread-like vegetative (non-reproductive) cells of a fungus.

We often don't think about the web of life underneath our feet! Besides the many fossorial creatures (like insects and worms), an expanse of mycelium also lives within the soil.

Spotting a mushroom is like seeing just the tip of an iceberg. The above-ground mushroom is the fruiting body of the fungus, but under the ground lie mycelial threads responsible for absorbing nutrients from the soil. Networks of mycelium also play a vital role in decomposition and create communication networks with and between trees and other plants.

Sammy Tangir - Sammy is a serious nature nerd and especially enthusiastic about plants! When she is not thinking of next week's nature word, she is working as an outdoor educator and practicing her wood carving skills.

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