▷ A shining conservationist: The Moor Hallimasch / audio interview with …

29.10.2021 – 14:32


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Berlin (ots)

Biodiversity is in a deep crisis. Many species around the world are critically endangered. In its “Art of the Month” series in September, the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) presents the mushroom “Moor-Hallimasch”: Because there are fewer and fewer intact moorland areas, the little conservationist has a hard time.

Many fungi become visible in autumn, but their underground network of roots (mycelia) is omnipresent in forests and moors all year round. Fungi are essential for the nutrient cycle of these ecosystems: They convert dead wood into humus, break down leaves and coniferous litter and can even decompose bones, horns, hooves and hair. Healthy forests only exist with healthy mushrooms. But more and more types of mushrooms are threatening to disappear, including the bog honey mushroom. Its yellow-brown to pink-brown hat is visible in the moors between July and October. The peculiarity of this mushroom stand shows up at night: It belongs to the bioluminescent mushroom species and is easily recognizable at night.

Tamara Pilz-Hunter BUND mushroom expert: “Our mushrooms are not doing well, a third of the mushroom species we examined are either extremely rare or endangered. The bog honey fungus is even on the verge of extinction. This fungus depends on healthy bogs, which, however, have largely been destroyed in Germany. Healthy moors are not only a valuable habitat for rare species of fungi, animals and plants, but also CO2 stores and thus real climate protectors. ”

More about the Moor Hallimasch: www.bund.net/moor-hallimasch

Audio interview with BUND mushroom expert Tamara Pilz-Hunter: www.bund.net/pilze-audio

You can download all of the BUND’s original quotes as mp3 files and use them license-free for media reports: www.bund.net/service/presse/pressebilder

Note to editors: The BUND will be doing its “Kind of the month” series draws attention to numerous natural gems and Germany’s special international responsibility for native species: every month we publish a portrait of endangered and occurring species in Germany. In addition to flora and fauna from the wild, this also includes old cultivated varieties and races. The portraits not only tell the story of individual species, but also give a good overview of the diversity of species, habitats and the causes of danger as a whole. We would be happy to talk to you about editorial points of contact and mediate Interviews with our experts.

An overview of the previously published BUND species profiles:

How endangered species can be protected by a biotope network also shows the project “Cross-linking Green Belt”, which is funded in the federal program for biological diversity. By restoring and networking valuable habitats along the former Iron Curtain, rare species such as the birch mouse and the lapwing are promoted. www.bund.net/quervernetzung

Press contact:

BUND press office:
Daniel Jahn | Judith Freund | Heye Jensen
Tel. 030-27586-531 | -497 | -464 | Email: [email protected]

You can currently reach the press office primarily by mobile:
Judith Freund: 0176-476 841 64
Heye Jensen: 01590-633 23 72

Original content by: BUND, transmitted by news aktuell


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