Monday September 3rd 2012 Tim
The rain from Hurricane Isaac reached this part of
Kentucky. There was a tornado warning a little to the north and
slightly to the west. Here, where I am, an inch and three quarters
of gentler rain fell on ground so dry that even Creeping Grass had
turned its mood toward The End Times and Chanting. The rain was a
Blessed Relief for all of us, I suppose. And generally at this
time of the season, when it's warm and suddenly damp, those of us who
are categorized as mycology aspire to dreams of empire, colonies where
no colonies have been before. Which means that pretty soon now
there will be hacking and coughing and sneezing, runny eyes and
headaches, depression and other emotional reactions, the whole panoply
of response to the grasping ambitions of beings who can be suddenly
energized by a desire to make life hell for others.
Many years ago the Great Minds who
like to divide and categorize in an attempt to control or better understand,
declared that Fungi belong to a Kingdom of their own, which would
include Slime Molds. Fungi are like us, to the extent they require
organic compounds, such as the contents of a refrigerator, upon which to
feed. But more like plants, Fungi produce reproductive
structures that can float around causing allergic reaction, or hide away
until conditions are better suited to growth, happiness and fulfillment.
Slime Molds also like a bit of rain, and worth noting that more
recently when the Kingdoms of Plant, Animal and Fungi were basically
dismissed as far too straightforward and simplistic an approach to
classification, the Great Minds were able to remove Slime Molds from the
Kingdom of Fungi, giving them a common ancestor amongst the Unikonts, which
means Slime Molds are more closely related to us than we are to plants.
And also worth noting, this also means we are more closely related to Fungi
than we are to Slime Mold.