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The Artful Amoeba

Wonderful Things: The Hidden Beauty of the Horse Dung Fungus


Note: This is the third installment in the “Wonderful Things” series. What you are about to see is a truffle-like (although it seems to fruit above-ground) fungus called Pisolithus tinctorius. It has many names, but in the United States it sometimes goes by “dyemaker’s puffball”. From the outside, it sits on the ground like an unassuming [...]

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American Pecan Truffle May Be Coming to a Plate Near You, By Way of Extremely Cute Courier


With a winning combination of cuteness, digging-osity, and the precision focus of a heat-seaking missile, Este the truffle dog has helped blaze a trail together with scientists that could both enliven American diets and help support American pecan growers. Have a look: Este appears to be a Lagotto Romagnolo, an Italian hunting dog originally bred [...]

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