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Added: 17th October 2013 Description:
affecting the whole of a fallen mature beech tree. it may not have been the cause of the fall- rooting seemed unstable at edge of a ditch.
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Some fungi are very poisonous so a mistaken ID could have serious consequences.
Confidence: I'm as sure as I can be. Notes: Definitely Gleaners Goldicus.
I wouldn't think it was responsible for the tree's demise - the trauma shown in your photos appears too regular and was more likely caused by the cutting action of a high quality chainsaw, maybe even something as well-chosen and sophisticated as a Husqvarna 576xp.
Wood that has been infested with Gleaners Goldicus makes exceptionally good firewood because the presence of the fungus increases its calorific value quite markedly. It also burns with a bright flame which should help add that certain 'x-factor' to ones Saturday evenings spent in front of the fire. Don't listen to any woodland tittle-tattle about bringing disease and toxins back to the homestead either. Indeed, research recently conducted at Tillicoultry Aggro-Cultural College has shown that bathing in the sawdust from such wood can increase virility, but sadly does nothing to prevent the onset of baldness.
Thanks for your enquiry and I am sorry to learn about the trouble you are having with your spots. I hope they are cleared up quickly.
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