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Mushroom exhibit at Alviso Adobe

Photos explore their beauty, diversity, role in ecosystem

A new exhibit at Alviso Adobe Community Park explores the lives and environmental roles of fungi.

"Mushrooms: Keys to the Kingdom Fungi" features 30 photographs of mushrooms in the wild taken by Northern California naturalists John Whittlesey and Jennifer Jewell. Visitors will be introduced to a wide range of mushroom-producing fungi and their valuable roles in the environment, through large, detailed photographs, 3-D models and hands-on demonstrations.

This traveling exhibit focuses on the ecology of mushroom-producing fungi and reveals their beauty, diversity and critical significance to the environment.

Among the many little-known facts about mushrooms is that they have no chlorophyll, which is why they don't need sunshine to grow and thrive. Also, one portabella mushroom has more potassium than a banana.

Admission to the exhibit, which runs until May 17, is free. Alviso Adobe Community Park is located at 3465 Old Foothill Road, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit www.pleasantonadobe.com or call 931-3479.

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