Takeaways:

  • Two species of fungi new to the UK and one entirely new for the world have been discovered in the Cairngorms.
  • The discoveries were made possible by 73 volunteers who helped gather more than 200 soil samples in 2021.
  • “Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and scientists coming together, the data from this survey will add significantly to our knowledge of this vital group and can be used to start identifying which habitats and locations are particularly important for conservation of fungal diversity,” said Andrea Britton, an ecologist at the James Hutton Institute.

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