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SO WHAT was the inspiration for Fungus the Bogeyman, Raymond Briggs's comic saga of snot, slime and existentialist angst?

Revolution in botany as family trees of plants are uprooted will rewrite botanical textbooks

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Magic mushrooms enlisted in war on dope

THE BIGGEST environmental hot potato in Britain is genetically modified crops. But American politicians have fewer qualms. Drug enforcement agents in Florida think they have the perfect solution for eradicating marijuana crops in the state: dusting vast areas with a genetically engineered fungus which would kill the illicit plants but leave everything else unharmed.

Words: Quorn, n.

CUT FROM The Girl Who Came to Supper (now in The Complete Lyrics) was "What's the Matter with a Nice Beef Stew?" Coward advises: "it fills the crevices and makes you grow / . . . when you've had a little grouse / At Lyons' Corner House / Or a steak and kidney pud at Slater's / You'll appreciate a chew, / At a nice beef stew / With greens and mashed potatoes."

Words: Tactile, adj.

THERE'S NO muddling those two grey-haired, 90-year-old, finely spoken English gentlemen who have made Manhattan their home and regularly deliver commentary upon its manifold delights and absurdities: Alistair Cooke has an apartment on Fifth Avenue by the Park while Quentin Crisp makes do with a dusty room in Greenwich Village.

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Even with Kiki the pig in tow, Raymond can't find many truffles in the field he's nurtured for 40 years. Catherine Guilyardi joins the hunt for the world's most rarefied fungus

American Association: Ecology - Corals being killed by fungus disease

THE DESTRUCTION of the coral reefs is being caused by a fungus, normally only found on land, which is being washed out to sea by soil erosion.

American Association: Biology - Corals being killed off by fungus disease

THE CURRENT decimation of the coral reefs is being caused by a fungus, normally only found on land, which is being washed out to sea by soil erosion.

Restaurants: Business is mushrooming

Autumn is mushroom season, and the best time to find fungi on the menu. By Nikki Spencer

RESTAURANTS: HAVING FUN WITH FUNGI

Chewton Glen

Letter: Men and apes

Sir: I take issue with John Gribben's Evolutionary Notes (7 October).

Truffle cheats unearthed

BALKAN IMPOSTORS are threatening the integrity of the prized white Alba truffle crop - to such an extent that experts are relying on a computerised nose to sniff out frauds.

The Independent Archive: A primitive activity but a delicious breakfast

30 September 1989 Out in the dew, Duff Hart-Davis concludes that it is the elusive and mysterious nature of wild mushrooms that makes their pursuit so rewarding

Black outlook for the truffle

THE BLACK truffle - one of the world's most revered culinary delicacies - is more vulnerable to extinction than scientists realised because it has almost zero genetic variation to protect it against disease.

Outdoors: Nature Notes

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