937 Swiss Mushroom Species Facing Extinction

Habitat loss and pollution are killing Switzerland's mushrooms, according to a report from the country's Federal Environment Office, which has published a "red list" of 937 mushroom species facing possible extinction. SwissInfo.com reports:

The slightest disturbance can modify the fungi's relationship with its habitat, leading to its destruction in some cases. Habitat loss is the main threat for some mushroom species say the list’s authors.

Changes in agricultural practices, the growth of built-up areas and air pollution can lead to the destruction of some types of fungi, particularly in marsh or pasture zones.

Interestingly enough, mushroom picking is not to blame for any of the threatened species, so Switzerland's gourmands have nothing to fear.

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