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L. pyriforme is, like all fungi, heterotrophic which means it is unable to produce its own energy, thus it must consume organic matter.  Since it is known to consume dead, composing material it is also considered to be saprotrophic.  Interestingly, since many of the habitats of these fungi include conifer-dominated forests and other heavily wooded areas, these fungi are also able to consume pollen from these trees as an additional source of nutrients (Hutchinson et al., 1997).

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Other members of the Agaricale order obtain nutrients through interactions with other organisms such as mycorrhizae with plant roots and lichens with photosynthetic bacteria.  More on this subject in the association page.


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