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Rare Fungus May Have Arrived on WWI Soldiers’ Boots

Posted by admin on Jan 13, 2014

A rare fungus discovered near a former Edinburgh war hospital may have been unwittingly brought to the area by World War One soldiers. The fungi Clavulinopsis cinereoides – rarely seen in Europe – has been spotted for the first time in Scotland.

Ecologist Abbie Patterson made the discovery on a lawn at Napier University’s Craiglockhart Campus. She said soldiers’ boots may have picked up spores while tramping the fields of Flanders.

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