The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, By Elisabeth Tova Bailey

How a gastropod helped a writer cope with illness

Cheese and wild mushroom sandwich

Serves 4

Bat disease threatens ecological catastrophe

A virulent and deadly pathogen in America is exterminating a predator that is vital to farmers for controlling insect pests

This is the weekend for...Gathering wild mushrooms

As long as you know what you're doing, and take a good identification guide with you, there are few things more delicious than your own apricot-coloured chanterelles, brown-capped penny buns or ceps, trumpet-like horns of plenty or creamy white field mushrooms.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: A toxic question on mushrooms

Why are some mushrooms poisonous? I must admit the question had never occurred to me until last weekend, when it suddenly thrust itself into my consciousness in the middle of a mushroom-gathering expedition in France. We were in Bellême in southern Normandy, a small hilltop town which is bidding fair to be France's wild mushroom capital: every autumn it hosts a four-day national mushroom festival centred on the nearby Bellême forest, 6,000 acres of exquisite oak woods where fungi grow in astonishing profusion.

Consuming issues: A delicious (or deadly) feast from the woods

If I had picked the mushrooms in my garden a fortnight ago, you would not be readingthis column, either because they were delicious risotto-ed or fried with butter and garlic; or because I would be dead. I exaggerate: apparently you can eat Paxillus involutus (brown roll rims) time and again for years and then, one year, you die of renal failure.

Bio warfare scientists help solve mystery of dying bees

The cause of the mysterious decline of the honey bee in the United States – and elsewhere in the world – may have been found in the form of a "double whammy" infection with both a virus and a fungus.

Record poisonings from wild mushrooms

The number of people requiring medical treatment after eating poisonous fungi has risen dramatically this summer, prompting fears that many others will be taken ill during the remaining weeks of the wild mushroom season.

Fruiting bodies: the art of fungi

A series of captivating pictures of mushrooms and other fungi went on show for the first time today in Brighton.

Mushroom hunt claims 18 lives

At least 18 mushroom-lovers have been killed in accidents while hunting for their favourite fungi in the mountains and forests of northern Italy.

Professor C Terence Ingold: Foremost authority on the study of fungi whose work spanned eight decades

Professor Terence Ingold, who has died at the great age of 104, was the Grand Old Man of mycology (the study of fungi). His academic career spanned much of the 20th century and he will always be known as the discoverer of an important group of aquatic fungi known as Ingoldian fungi in his honour.

Spring tacos with mushrooms

Ingredients to serve 4 as a starter

After almost four decades, the elm stages a comeback

Schools are being sent thousands of saplings grown from cuttings of trees that weren't wiped out

Chicken and black fungus broth

Serves 4-6

Kew's giant fungi collection

The biggest collection of fungi in the world will be created this week as Kew Gardens takes delivery of more than 400,000 specimens.

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