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Cep and Shield

By Terry L    
Boletus edulis, also known as the Cep, Porcino or Penny-bun Bolete, is a most sought-after edible bolete. It is frequently found at the edges of clearings in broad-leaved and coniferous forests. Most boletes, and certainly all of the common ones found in Britain and Ireland, are ectomycorrhizal fungi. This means that they form mutualistic relationships with the root systems of certain kinds but of trees and/or shrubs (usually with one or more plant genera).
In this kind of symbiotic relationship the fungi help the tree to obtain vital minerals from the soil, and in return the root system of the tree delivers energy-rich nutrients, the products of photosynthesis, to the fungal mycelium. Although most trees can survive without their mycorrhizal partners, boletes (and many other kinds of forest-floor fungi) cannot survive without trees; consequently these so-called 'obligately mycorrhizal' fungi do not occur in open grassland. (The roots of trees extend a long way, however, and so you could find Ceps springing up some tens of metres away from the trunk of its partner tree.)

Tags: Fungi Kent Mushroom Shield Penny Bolete Bun Wildlife and nature Cep

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Greyheron 18 282 7 England
3 Nov 2014 5:45PM
Superb, rich detail and deep colours, Terry - the Shield Bug adds unique interest

Mike
3 Nov 2014 5:46PM
WOW for the double whammy Terry. Smile

JohnSmile
ali63 8 790 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2014 6:04PM
Brilliant capture & an interesting narrative SmileSmile

Ali
ade123 7 285 1 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2014 6:56PM
Another amazing image Terry outstanding photography

Ade
3 Nov 2014 7:51PM
Beautiful and goodGrinGrin
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
3 Nov 2014 7:59PM
Superb shot of the Cep and the Shield Terry. Cracking good narrative info too.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
3 Nov 2014 11:16PM
Cracking shot SmileSmileSmile paul
Daisymaye Plus
11 23 18 Canada
4 Nov 2014 4:37AM
What an amazing image Incredible detail.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
4 Nov 2014 12:31PM
A fabulous fungi - amazing detail and the bonus of a Sloe Bug on it. Great to see Terry.
Brian.
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
5 Nov 2014 9:27PM
Such a beautiful image of both the fungus and the bug and interesting information too. Great work.

Phil.

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