Educatorís Mushroom Growth Kit Improved & Enhanced
The Educatorís Mushroom Growth Kit, its instructions and lesson plans have been upgraded to benefit teachers, parents and students. Over the past few years there has been increased interest among science teachers and parents home schooling their children in teaching classes about the Kingdom of Fungi. Each kit includes a lesson plan, illustrations of the mushroomís life cycle, pre-cultured growing modules that will allow students to grow mushrooms, and materials to make spore prints. These kits, available from www.gmushrooms.com/EdMushKit/ make a great classroom activity for grade school or advanced levels.
Why should you be teaching your students about fungi?
The kingdom Fungi is unique from all other forms of life on Earth. It includes molds, rusts, mildews, smuts, mushrooms, and yeasts. At one time, Fungi were believed to be close relatives of plants. It has been recently discovered that they are more closely related to animals. Fungi are natureís decomposers recycling nutrients in dead plant and animal matter. Without fungi, dead organic matter would accumulate and suffocate our forests.
As Earthís recyclers, fungi are essential components of our ecosystems cycling nutrients for plants, animals and bacteria. It has recently been discovered that over 90% of all land plants grow in conjunction with a fungal partner that protects them from disease and aids in the absorption of nutrients from the soil. Many plant-fungal partnerships are even required for plant growth and survival. Finally, if youíve ever eaten bread, enjoyed blue cheese dressing, drank wine, taken an antibiotic or ordered mushrooms on a pizza, then youíve benefited from this incredible group of organisms!
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