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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on Why Fungi are More Fascinating Than You Think

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Very interesting reading, Jess. I have been helping my son set up his oyster mushroom farm. He and some colleagues are also looking into the best use of mycelium in the building industry. Thank you. Happy Easter.

Thank you for the interesting blog on mushrooms. Fascinating forms of life.

Jess, thanks for continuing my education about nature and the natural world around me. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing.

Special feature. Thank you, Jess. Is that a Roxy drawing?

Hi Jess… wonderful blog, fantastic! Both photos and text. I recently read a study published by Royal Society Open Science on the incredible communication of these creatures and the complexity of their language, apparently similar to ours, with 50 different meaning identified. No surprise they are so precious and, to put it simple, are the engines of life. Pictures seem to come from another world… Great

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Thanks Jess, a fascinating article

So interesting to hear about all the mushrooms and fungus. Hope you all at Londolozi have a wonderful Easter weekend.

A very interesting blog Jess. I actually like looking at fungi and love mushrooms of all kinds. Thanks for sharing. Wishing all at Londolozi a very Happy Easter.

I absolutely loved the documentary on Netflix called Fantastic Fungi. It really emphasized how connected we all are. Such a fascinating topic.

Thanks Jess for a super interesting read into mushrooms. We spent hours collecting a wonderful variety of edible fungi in the forests of Palma de Mallorca this last December and feasted on them at Christmas. However at home in Malta I do have an Olive tree that has died on one side and naturally is being enjoyed by a host of mushrooms. My only worry is that their root system will spread to the living side of the tree! If anyone reading this has suggestions as to whether this may occur and if so, what I can do to stop them encroaching on the living roots, their advice would be most welcome! Fabulous photos !!

Thank you for this fascinating and informative article about mushrooms, and especially all that grow naturally in Londolozi.

Absolutely! Fungi are like the hidden gems of nature, full of surprises and wonders waiting to be discovered. I´m studying and cultivating Psilocybe cubensis for two decades of pure love. From their incredible diversity to their vital roles in ecosystems, there’s so much more to fungi than meets the eye. Exploring the fascinating world of fungi is like embarking on a journey of endless fascination and discovery.

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