What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?




Danny Newman/Roo Vandegrift

Mycologists Danny Newman and Roo Vandegrift spend all their time, racing around the Earth, trying to document some of the millions of currently-unknown species of fungi before it’s too late. Biologists estimate more than 3 million species of fungi exist on Earth, but only 120,000 are currently documented. There are millions about which we still can learn, and the dynamic duo of fungi is on the case.

Today’s surprising photos were all taken in 2014 by Newman in the Reserva Los Cedros, located on the western slope of the Andes. While there, they photographed and collected more than 350 new species of fungi. The pair managed to explore the area just before the Ecuadorian government opened the area for mining, so it’s likely their discoveries’ natural habitat is gone forever. But all hope is not lost.

“As part of a January residency at the University of Oregon, Newman is now working to sequence the DNA of 350 fungi samples found at Reserva Los Cedros and is seeking support from the public to help fund the project at cost.”

You can seem more of Newman and Vandergrift’s discoveries on Mushroom Observer and find out about making a donation on their Experiment fundraiser page.

All images were taken by David Newman and are the property of Danny Newman and Roo Vandegrift.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Fund-a-Shroom

  1. Interesting and some are beautiful. I am envisioning fairies playing along side the fungi.

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  2. I went to their page to donate, only to find they reached 125% of their goal at the end of January and aren’t taking further donations! I’m passionate about fungi (and not just for the dye colours they give), so it’s heartening to see this research being carried out. I only hope it succeeds in keeping some of the world’s pristine forests intact. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

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  3. So beautiful! Who knew?? They look so exotic, like plants on another planet!

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  4. Natures wonders to behold.

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  5. What fantastic forms and colours. They look otherworldly. When we think about habitat destruction and species extinction, we tend to think of animals, birds, insects. I am glad someone is advocating for the fungi.

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  6. I never knew fungi were so photogenic.

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