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Hpilot
Aug. 25, 2011, 05:08 PM
We have a ring of darker grass in the pasture and someone called it Fairy Ring and it is a fungus. Is this harmful to horses? I am sure no fungus is good for them! Does anyone know how to get rid of it? I really can't find much information on it. Thanks!

pAin't_Misbehavin'
Aug. 25, 2011, 05:19 PM
Like this? (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b1/FairyRingSchoolField.jpg/250px-FairyRingSchoolField.jpg)

You haz shrooms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_ring)!:lol: No. Not harmful to your horses.

JSwan
Aug. 25, 2011, 06:32 PM
Harmless and fascinating to little girls who still believe in fairies. :)

lorilu
Aug. 25, 2011, 07:57 PM
Here's some biology if you'd like:

Fungi reproduce via spores. Then, after the spore "sprouts" (not the correct term, but....), it sends out threads of cells in a circular pattern around it. Those threads (hyphae and mycelium) secrete chemicals to break down the food source (in this case, organic matter in the ground) and absorb some of it. The hyphae grow outward until a pre-determined "that's far enough" distance, when mushrooms (the reproductive structures) are formed at the outer edge and we see a ring of mushrooms. The inside of the ring is darker green due to the nutrients released by the fungi's action.

(Think about other fungi - ringworm is round as the fungi grows outward, and sticky inside the ring due to ruptured cells; bread mold, etc is all a circular shape, growing outward....)

L (retired teacher; gee, sometimes I miss it.... only sometimes!)

baytraks
Aug. 26, 2011, 07:39 AM
Thanks, Lorilu!
We have seen these, too, and wondered about them.
Guess the fertilizer is overdue!!

pAin't_Misbehavin'
Aug. 26, 2011, 10:24 AM
Don't be silly, lorilu.

This is what causes fairy rings. (http://imagecache6.allposters.com//LRG//%5C7%5C766%5CMBSZ000Z.jpg)
:D

JSwan
Aug. 26, 2011, 10:36 AM
L (retired teacher; gee, sometimes I miss it.... only sometimes!)

Aww man, you are going to break my niece's heart.

I better not let her read your post - she still sits up at night looking for fairies. :lol:

pj
Aug. 26, 2011, 12:41 PM
Don't be silly, lorilu.

This is what causes fairy rings. (http://imagecache6.allposters.com//LRG//%5C7%5C766%5CMBSZ000Z.jpg)
:D
OF COURSE it is!!
Just because you haven't seen one doesn't mean it ain't so. :)