Fungi are organisms grouped the Kingdom of the Fungi (Kingdom Eumycota). As such, they are neither plants or animals, rather a group responsible for the decomposition of organic matter in almost all biological cycles of the planet.

They are fundamental to life on Earth, and without them there there would not be any forests, penicillin, bread, beer, or wine among many other things. Through their symbiotic union with plants through mycorrhization, which provides plants with nutrients they can not synthesize on their own and without which they cannot grow. Also, yeasts are fungi as well as many other organisms responsible for fermentation processes which are important for humans.

In Chile there are different species of fungi in all the ecosystems in the country, from the Atacama Desert to Tierra del Fuego. Edible and medicinal species are also cultivated and wild mushrooms are
collected andexported to other countries. With the increase in the consumption of mushrooms for food, the growth of the forestry industry, the need for information about Chilean biodiversity and the fundamental role of fungi in the health and preservation of ecosystems, it is essential to count on more information on this kingdom and the species present in Chile.

In www.hongos.cl you will find photographs and descriptions of species present in Chile - both wild and cultivated - as well as information about cultivation techniques of different species, and their properties. Furthermore, you can see a glimpse of the mycobiota present in Chile and can find a free
identification service for the species found in the country.