For the same reason, pulling up the whole fungus rather than cutting it is less destructive than pulling up a wild flower. Moreover, the whole stem is sometimes essential for the identification of unfamiliar fungi.
There is also a possibility that a severed stem, left in the ground, will be infected by destructive bacteria which could kill off a whole colony of fungi.
The biggest danger to the well- being of our fungi, it seems to me, is not over-picking, but the despoilment of their habitats by trampling, raking and bashing about with sticks. As a result, I'm very secretive about the whereabouts of this year's bumper crop.
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