Green Grass and Fungus

May 5, 2022

Green Grass



Padmini Arhant

The luscious green meadows and pastures gracing the valleys with bridal water falls flowing from the rocky mountain top gently bowing to the bright sun and the blue sky above unmistakably a real feast to the eyes for a nature admirer.

The green pasture being one of the fundamental survival source for life thrives in seasonal rainfall. The worms, insects, bees, birds and cattle existence is directly dependent on the fertile grassland with plants, trees and shrubs providing animal kingdom sustenance. The ultimate benefit derived by human kind from the animal and plant species in the agriculture land is invaluable.

The green rice paddy fields, wheat crops, maize and corn before harvest serenading agricultural landscape is nature’s gift to life.

These attributes of nature as life support in the eco system are critical in green environment.

The green ferns, hedges, flora, fauna and foliage in the garden is quite inviting attracting instant attention.

The green grass as cool and soft carpet on the ground is a pleasant aesthetic in natural creation.

The breathtaking savannah with the rolling green hills and cascade falls from the cliff smothered in oceanside cool breeze spreading fragrance of jasmine and gardenia is nature’s picturesque bouquet to the beholder.

Fungus on its part classified as parasitic filamentous organism meaning the organism that feeds on other organic matter qualifying the parasitic nature.

The filamentous in the absence of chlorophyll – the ingredient enabling plants in food preparation aided by sunlight called photosynthesis along with adding green effect to plants extended to life as a major health and food benefit is key element in green plants and vegetation.

Contrarily, the chlorophyl devoid filamentous fungi include molds, rusts, mildews, yeasts, stinkhorns and other mushrooms again varying between wild mushroom that are fairly toxic as well as life threatening and edible variety.

Fungal infections are infectious upon contact with the source and agents carrying the toxin. The fungal ailments are well known in health science and they are addressed appropriately based on the type, symptoms and disease.

The mold and mildew fungi found on wet surfaces and stagnant areas indoor and outdoor are also a common problem.

Clearly the green grass nurture earth with nutrients and nourishment contributing to inhabitants’ healthy living and prosperity.

The green moss in the plains and trees in the forests and orchards maintain positive characteristics of energizing life with necessary resources such as oxygen and food supply to all living beings alike.

Fungi with the exception of some edible mushrooms, the organism feeding on other organic matter as a parasite with significant harmful effects in varying degrees endanger life and surroundings.

The fungus dependency on other organism i.e. parasitic culture leads to depletion of natural ecological reserves. Additionally, the fungi toxicity resulting in fatality identified in certain fungi groups known to be poisonous. The health and economic liability from destruction of crops, livestock, food contamination, disease to animals and humans is endless and catastrophic.

Above all, fungus being humongous parasite is paradox to green grass. The former mostly claiming lives unlike the latter vastly beneficial to life and instrumental in biodiversity of the planet.

Padmini Arhant

Author & Presenter


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