Fungi – Food, Poison and Mythology
The exhibition entitled "Fungi – Food, Poison and Mythology" will be running at Museum Wiesbaden until 5 August 2018. It introduces more than 1,300 fungi, including the giant puffball as well as the scarlet caterpillarclub. Fungi have adopted the most varied modes of life, ranging from cooperation and mutual benefit, as is the case with the lichens, to the exploitation of dead plants, and even a wide variety of parasites and germs. Yellow boletus, button mushroom, and chanterelle are all welcome on our dinner plates. Many another fungal fruiting body can be discovered during a forest walk. It is a well-known fact that not all of them are edible; some are even poisonous. Fungi play important roles in our lives, and are linked with a number of human needs and preferences. Yeasts supply bread, beer, and wine. Even the dreaded mould fungi are beneficial in the development of antibiotics that are vital for our survival. Moreover, fungi can be used for dyeing and for manufacturing precious papers.