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Archie
180501.  Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:14 am Reply with quote

I don't have anything knowledgable to say about FUNGI but you really need to watch this video, it's quite incredible...

 
markvent
180648.  Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:26 am Reply with quote

I'll give it a go ...

There are only a few truly fatal mushrooms in the United Kingdom, however there are plenty that can make you feel very ill for a long time.

The deadly ones are ..

The Death Cap (Amanita Phalloides)
This species causes most of the fatal poisoning cases. Symptoms being with breathing problems and dizziness. Then comes severe vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration. After about three days you begin to feel better, but actually your liver is being destroyed. Death usually happens at least 6 days after consumption.

The Destroying Angel (Amanita Virosa)
This causes the same problems as the Death Cap.

Deadly Webcap (Cortinarius Rubellus) & Fools Webcap (Cortinarius Orellanus)
Often confused with one another and more dangerously with edible muchrooms like Chantrelle, as they grow in the same sort of environments. The first symptoms of orellanin poisoning are similar to common flu (nausea, stomachaches, headaches, etc.). These symptoms are followed by early stage renal failure (very thirsty, weeing a lot, pain around the kidneys), and eventually no urine output and other symptoms of renal failure occur. If left untreated death will follow. From tests the lethal quantity for an average human would be about 100g however the common method for identifying poisonous mushrooms is to taste a VERY SMALL part, with the Webcaps this is recommended against due to their extreme toxicity.

Some general GI on identifying poisonous mushrooms are ..

Poisonous mushrooms smell and taste horrible.
[apparently poisonous mushrooms taste delicious].
They have bright flashy colours.
[some very toxic species are pure white such as The Destroying Angel].
Snails and/or insects do not eat them.
[whilst a fungus may be harmless to invertebrates, it could be very toxic to humans. The Death Cap for instance is often eaten by insect larvae].
All mushrooms become safe if cooked long enough/hot enough.
[A lot of toxins are very stable, even at high temperature].
Turns black when touched by a silver knife/an onion.
[all mushrooms tend to darken as they wither].

other than that - "shut up and eat your mushrooms". :)

Mark.

 
Tas
180677.  Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:36 am Reply with quote

Some particularly nasty mushrooms (and some horribly named but marvellous tasting ones ) were covered in the 'Death' episode in the 'D' Series.

:-)

Tas

 
Ian Dunn
180718.  Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:02 am Reply with quote

Tas wrote:
Some particularly nasty mushrooms (and some horribly named but marvellous tasting ones ) were covered in the 'Death' episode in the 'D' Series.


Oh yes, the killer mushroom roulette. The others being the "Peppery Milk Cap" (Deadly) and the "Trumpet of Death" (Safe).

 
austinallegro
180719.  Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:04 am Reply with quote

Mmmm...apparently the trumpet of death is nice, fried or in soups.

 
Ian Dunn
180720.  Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:05 am Reply with quote

austinallegro wrote:
Mmmm...apparently the trumpet of death is nice, fried or in soups.


Yes, "The poor man's tuffle" if I remember rightly.

 
legspin
180734.  Wed Jun 06, 2007 9:04 am Reply with quote

Also the name of the dolphin that inhabits Dingle bay in Kerry.
Why?
'Coz he's a fun guy.....

 
Ian Dunn
183054.  Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:11 am Reply with quote

Sadly, a creature that eats fungi is called by the rather dull name of Fungivore. However, there are quite a lot of other interesting vores. He are some of the more interesting ones.

Folivore - Leaves and foliage.

Frondivore - Leaves

Fructivore - Fruit

Fucivore - Seaweed

Fumivore - Snakes

Piscivore - Fish

Seminivore - Seeds

Leguminivore - Beans and peas.

Granivore - Seeds and grains.

Quercivore - Oak leaves

Panivore - Bread

Sanguivore - Blood

Ossivore - Bones

Detritivore - Decaying matter

Merdivore - Dung

Canivore - Dogs

Hominivore - Humans

Cultrivore - Knife swallowers

Horace Walpole also said that, "Man is a aurivorous animal." An aurivore is a creature that eats gold.

Source: Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany

 
smiley_face
183056.  Sat Jun 16, 2007 8:19 am Reply with quote

Or if you were that weird German cannibal, I believe phallovore is the correct term.

 
MoonMonkey
183103.  Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:38 pm Reply with quote

Didn't they already do this subject?

I think it was in series D for "Death".

 
Ian Dunn
183107.  Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:28 pm Reply with quote

Well fungi was mentioned, but that doesn't mean that it can't be mentioned again in this series.

 
swot
208312.  Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:18 am Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
Sadly, a creature that eats fungi is called by the rather dull name of Fungivore. However, there are quite a lot of other interesting vores. He are some of the more interesting ones.

[snip]

Frondivore - Leaves

[snip]



Ooh, a new favourite word.

 
gerontius grumpus
208499.  Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:46 pm Reply with quote

I'm not sure if they are true fungi but slime moulds are quite interesting.

 
npower1
208503.  Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:09 pm Reply with quote

Archie,

I suspect your major mistake in this thread was not having a valid, well documented, numbering system. This mistake has allowed this thread to be hijacked. Please reply with a list, using a good numbering system that is beyond the normal expectations.

 
Oolon Colluphid
252910.  Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:37 pm Reply with quote

Q: Why did the mushroom go to the party?
A: He's a real fungi.

Sorry, had to.

 

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