Friday, October 19, 2007

A Fungus Among Us

The fungus Armillaria ostoyae, commonly known at root rot, has become the world's largest living organism thanks to an outbreak in Prairie City, Ore.

Currently the fungus form dubbed the "humungous fungus" by the U.S. Forest Service underlies 2,200 miles of land outside the Oregon city and wildlife officials are at a loss how to stop its growth, The (Portland) Oregonian said Sunday.

With some estimates placing the fungus' age at 8,000 years old, the natural organism has had plenty of time to spread throughout the region as other life forms unknowingly moved above. To that end, the fungus now spreads across an area equal to 1,600 football fields and is only noticeable in areas where it has claimed trees.

A far more recent fungal organism has taken root in our midst and is growing by precipitous leaps and bounds, inside, outside, and all around us....., that's the one I really, really want you to think about, as you mull over those playstations supercomputing and shit. Officials are at an even much greater loss how to stop its growth....,