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If mushrooms are a fungus, how are they edible?
Question Date: 2010-01-11
Answer 1:

Fungi are not necessarily bad to eat, but only about 10% of all mushrooms are edible. Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi. Most of the rest of the organism is filaments, called hyphae. Hyphae are the part of the fungi that do most of the work such as decomposition (eating) and conducting water.

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