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    Gigantic mushroom stuns Swiss scientists

    Swiss scientists have discovered what they think may be the biggest mushroom in Europe, a monster fungus the length of eight football pitches and mostly lurking underground.

    The mushroom, which covers a whopping 35 hectares in a Swiss national park near the eastern town of Ofenpass is thought to be more than 1,000 years old, forestry experts say.

    The mushroom, which is 800 metres long and 500 metres wide, is of the armillaria type, according to the Swiss Federal Institute Forest, Snow and Countryside Research (WSL).

    It consists of a vast network of sometimes very thick filaments which reach out along the path of tree roots in the mountainous, wooded region.

    The visible parts of the mushroom that poke out above the ground or on the boughs of trees are the tip of the iceberg, representing a tiny part of the vast undersoil organism.


    http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems...9/s1207579.htm

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    When I saw that headline, I thought they had sampled the mushroom.
    This is my opinion, and change is good.