Shelf fungi, or Bracket fungi, are polypores — a group of fungi that are among the most efficient decomposers of lignin and cellulose, the main components of wood. Polypores are much more diverse in old natural forests with abundant dead wood than in younger managed forests or plantations. Unfortunately, a number of species have declined drastically and are under threat of extinction due to logging and deforestation.

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