Family – Polyporaceae
It’s an old specimen of Phellinus sp. which is about 16 years old its age can be calculated by counting its rings.
Weight – 2.4Kg
Host tree – Persea odoratissima
Altitude – 1600meters
Photographed at Janitri, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh
Dated – 24 March 2018
This is quite interesting, thanks for sharing dear … I am unable to answer why did you separate it from the host?
Thanks …, I collected this as it is a wood rooting fungi and i need to collect them for my Forest Pathology course last year.
Moreover if i will not collect it, i am almost sure it will soon get deteriorated in a couple of year either by weathering or by termite attack as it had already started decomposing at top.
Unlike plants these fungi have mycelium spread over host plant, a few more new fruiting bodies will grow on it….
question is- does it kill the host? does its presence signify decay has already set in?
what areas were covered in this Forest Pathology course. do you have a course descripton and areas covered? i would very sincerely want to know, if you can share it here or privately to me. appreciate it
… it has already decayed some part of wood, please see the attached image of infested area where it was growing… I have also attached the course details in second image.
so it either caused that decay by invading it or it only is an opportunistic fungus that attacks decaying/damaged wood.
wonder if the dying diseased wood be saved by shaving off the dead/decay area and treating with antifungal, so the rest of the mature tree goes on to live.
unlike the subterranean fungal colonies that help trees talk to each other, these i suspect are saprophytes, attacking damaged wood.
i wonder if there is a protocol for treating trees to save them.
and thanks for the list