Under the earth of the ancient forests is a deep network of roots, connecting, interweaving, whispering, supporting, competing, nourishing. This card set invites you to enter the world of mycorrhizal (fungi-root) partnerships - a messy, entanglement of the more-than-human world.
1 x 'Rooted' tree greetings card
1 x Bicoloured deceiver greetings card
1 x Porcini deceiver greetings card
1 x Fly agaric greetings card
Size: 10.5 × 14.8 cm Envelope: Recycled brown fleck Kraft Card: 300gsm Soft Castillo White, Forestry Stewardship Council certified Medium: watercolour, acrylic ink and graphite pencil
Rooted tree greetings card
Text on front: Rooted Inside text: blank Text on back: “Nature...seems increasingly better understood in fungal terms:..as an assemblage of entanglements of which we are messily part.” – from Underland by Robert Macfarlane. Deep under ancient forests, trees and fungi form partnerships through mycorrhizal networks. Over centuries tree roots and fungal filaments entangle themselves together. Fungi provide the trees with extra water and nutrients, such as phosphorus to make new roots, and the trees provide fungi with carbohydrates created through photosynthesis. Trees also use the networks to help their neighbours and children by sharing nutrients and information as well as to spread toxic chemicals that damage unwelcome plants. We are only just starting to understand these networks and their complex set of connections and entanglements.
Bicoloured deceiver greetings card
Text on front: Bicoloureddeceiver, Laccaria bicolor Inside text: blank Text on back: Laccaria bicolor forms mycorrhizal (root-fungi) partnerships with pines and other confiers. Its name comes from the fungus’ edible mushroom which has a two tone stem with a lilac base and a tawny coloured upper. In exchange for carbohydrates created through photosynthesis the fungus provides the tree with water and nutrients it has gathered from the environment.
Porcini greetings card
Text on front: Porcini, Boletus edulis Inside text: blank Text on back: Boletus edulis forms mycorrhizal (root-fungi) partnerships with pines and spruces, such as the Scots pine. In exchange for carbohydrates created through photosynthesis the fungus provides the tree with nutrients such as nitrogen it has gathered from the environment.
Fly agaric greetings card
Text on front: Fly agaric,
Amanita muscaria Inside text: blank Text on back: When Amanita muscaria form mycorrhizal (root-fungi) partnerships with trees, genes are switched on in the fungus that increase its ability to absorb carbohydrates. The tree responds by making more carbohydrates available to the fungus. These genes are only switched on in mycorrhizal partnerships.