A team from the University of Copenhagen and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute have discovered that leaf cutting ants don’t just grow mushrooms for food but also for medicine.
A number of newspaper have reported that the Forestry Commission plan to introduce a complete ban on fungi picking in the New Forest. This appears to be a gut reaction to the poor mushroom season last year and is based on no known scientific evidence. In fact there are a number of long term scientific studies that show foraging has no detrimental effect on fungi and may even have a positive effect.
The link is a press release from the Association of Foragers about this proposed ban. The Association of Foragers is an international association of nearly 100 foraging tutors and suppliers who teach and practice sustainable foraging and rewilding.
For more factual information see The Association of Foragers website