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Summer 2021


Common saprotrophic fungus found on decaying tree trunks, branches, and logs. It is a well known white-rog fungus that uses laccase to oxidize lignins in wood (Jönsson et. al. 1989). We collected multiple samples that were found on decaying tree trunks and branches. T. versicolor has a wide distribution and can be found across North America as well as parts of Asia and Europe. Found in shelf-like clusters that can range from 2-10 cm in length. Has grayish-brown layers of color with white ends although specimens in other regions may have This fungus is thin and has a pliable texture when freshly picked but turns stiff when left to dry. Has a non-distinctive taste. Produces white spores. Scientists are studying the polysaccharide, Peptide Krestin, found in T. versicolor, as it is believed to play a positive role in concurrent adjuvant treatment in breast cancer patients (Standish et al. 2008). ID number:


Location: East Brook Valley, Walton, NY (EF - Ericaceae Forest)

Trametes versicolor