‘Humongous fungus’: 25 years later, this Armillaria gallica is bigger than first thought, says researcher
by Elaine Smith, University of Toronto
The Armillaria gallica fungus, which is growing in a forest on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, is at least 2,500 years old, weighs 400,000 kilograms and covers about 70 hectares. Credit: James B. Anderson
A giant individual of the fungus, Armillaria gallica, or honey mushroom, first studied 25 years ago by James B. Anderson, a professor emeritus of biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, is not only alive and well but is older and larger than Anderson originally estimated.