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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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19 March, 2016

Diatrype disciformis: the beech barkspot fungus

A piece of rotting wood with black spots on it - not very exciting is it and probably something we all pass by without even noticing it? However, those small black spots are the visual representation of a living organism, the fungus Diatrype disciformis that is busy inside the dead wood breaking it down and rotting it away back to soil, a vital process in regeneration. This species, as the name suggests, is associated with beech, the spots emerge from under the bark rather than growing on it and it is from these spots that the spores are released. It can occur on other broad-leaved woods as well but most often it is beech.
I would love to see you trying to scrape it off to eat!
Diatrype disciformis: the beech barkspot fungus