The largest living being on earth is a mushroom: Armillaria ostoyae.
It covers a 890 hectares, most of its mass is underground and is therefore unknown. Its age is estimated between 2400 years and 8000 years.
By studying DNA samples taken from various locations of this colony, scientists realized that it was a single organism, genetically speaking: a huge super-organism as a host of genetically identical cells, the total biomass could rise up to 600 tons!
Scientists also believe it could achieve such size thanks to the humid climate of eastern Oregon.
If you are sensitive to mushroom artistic paces in their natural environment, we recommend the beautiful books of Benoît PEYRE. Photographer and writer, he lives according to mushrooms growing. Enthusiast mycophile (= mushrooms lover) since childhood, he tracks down and crunches curiously the strange world of little beings undergrowth.
Not satisfied with the quality level of pictures reproduced in books by major publishers, he chose to publish his very finest books himself. Each of the pictures reproduced in his books is treated with a selected varnish, making a masterpiece of each. We had never seen before such a level of excellence in the picture rendering: you feel like having in hands an album of photographic images of very high quality, not a book. We do not hesitate to say that the Benoît PEYRE books are works of art in themselves. Discover his last books:
- The King Porcini (38 €)
- Mushrooms picking secrets (29€)
- Mushrooms, the Truth from the False (19€80)