Apr 13, 2011
Symbiotic Relationships - Ant-Hill Mushrooms
Now here's a sight for sore eyes, cendawan busut or ant-hill mushroom, termitomyces albuminosa.
The mushroom grows to the surface from the termite nest (above photo), which can be a foot (30cm) up. The entire stalk is edible and delicious.
It is one of the most delicious mushrooms, and leave ALL cultivated mushrooms miles behind in terms of taste and texture.
Unfortunately it is still not possible to cultivate this mushroom commercially. It is symbiotic with a certain termite, odontotermes spp.
The termites cultivate the mushroom by breaking down wooden material that the mushroom needs to grown on. There is speculation that the mushroom needs the dung of the termites too to grow. The termites in turn use the material decomposted by the mushroom as food.
This is called, Living Together.