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Mushroom News Mushroom Hunters Find Rare, Endangered Species in North Carolina Forest Researchers from the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently discovered a rare, and possibly endangered, mushroom species in a North Carolina forest. The species, Gomphidius maculatus, is believed to be the first rare mushroom species discovered in the state in more than 50 years. The mushroom was discovered in a protected area of the Nantahala National Forest in the far western corner of the state. The researchers believe the species may be endangered due to the small size of its population and its limited geographical range. The species was found near decaying wood and is believed to be associated with coniferous trees. The discovery of this rare species highlights the importance of protecting natural areas and the need to monitor and survey fungi populations in order to preserve biodiversity. Article The Magic of Mushrooms: How Fungi are Transforming Our World Mushrooms have long been a source of fascination and mystery, but in recent years, the scientific community has begun to uncover the true power of these mysterious organisms. Fungi are playing an increasingly important role in the development of new treatments for a wide range of