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Taiwan Quick Take: Fungi findings announced


A decade-long survey has discovered 56 new kinds of fungi in the country, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Council of Agriculture. The Endemic Species Research Institute has been conducting a nationwide fungus survey since July 1992, discovering seven entirely new species of fungus and 49 species not previously recorded in Taiwan. To date, the institute has observed and collected 91 kinds of boletus here, an ESRI researcher said, adding that although most tropical boletus species are found in low-altitude areas, while most temperate ones exist in mid- and high-altitude zones, they found surprisingly that there are eight tropical ones found in areas above 1,500m, which is extremely unusual.

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