Did you know there are 10 times more species of fungi than plants? That with every woodland footfall we are stepping on kilometres of fungal threads? Or that with every breath, we breathe in up to 10 fungal spores? If you don’t, you are not alone.
Most of us are ignorant about the fungi kingdom. Perhaps it’s because, for many people, these incredible organisms have the ‘ick factor’. A large number of fungi are decomposers: they get their food by harvesting nutrients from dead and dying organisms, and we often associate anything to do with decay as rather creepy. What’s