What zombie trees tell us about the world's worst nuclear disaster
: in the abandoned forests around Chernobyl the trees that died in the accident are still standing because all the bacteria and fungi died off and hasn't come back, according to research done by Timothy A. Mousseau
The hard-core kinky action
inside your slice of Camembert.
contains time lapse movies of fungi, molds, bacteria, slime molds and insects of interest to plant pathologists." Be sure and check out the peach and plum
, Homer Simpson growing "hair"
, a rotting book
and mushrooms growing and dying
Biodegradation of Polyester Polyurethane by Endophytic Fungi [scientific paper]
. Pestalotiopsis microspora lives in dark, damp and anaerobic conditions in the Amazon, is a candidate for introduction to landfills, can survive on only polyurethane, and may solve the plastic 100-400 year decomposition issue [non-technical summary]
The Fungarium & The Millenium Seed Bank Partnership:
A Pair of 5-minute Documentaries on the Research Institutions at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. (Previously 1
, Previously 2
Gorgeous microphotography of the growth of colonial fungi species.
Featuring aspergillus, fumigatus, botrytis, trichoderma, and cladosporidium.
Glow-in-the-dark mushroom [Neonothopanus gardneri.]
rediscovered after 170 years: Spotted once in 1840 and then never seen again, one of the world's most bioluminescent mushrooms has been rediscovered deep in the Brazilian wilderness.
What lives in the rainforest, under a tree? Spongiforma squarepantsii!
Who resembles a sponge but is really a fungee*? Spongiforma squarepantsii!
First discovered in a tropical forest in Borneo in 2010, S. squarepantsii
resembles a sea sponge not only in outward appearance, but "[w]hen it's wet and moist and fresh, you can wring water out of it and it will spring back to its original size. Most mushrooms don't do that
," as told by Dennis Desjardin
, a mycology professor involved with the discovery. * I claim artistic license. [more inside]
Fungus of the month
, since 1997. Discover the bright aqua green stain fungus
, which turns wood green, and was used by woodworkers in the Renaissance to add natural greens to inlaid wood work. Stinky and obscene dog stinkhorn fungus
(maybe NSFW), like pink wieners growing out of your mulch. And many more, poisonous
(warning: gross), hallucinogenic
, with interesting photos and stories, for what he calls "the myco-curious". Bonus: I survived the destroying angel
, an account of what happens if you eat a poisonous Amanita
mushroom and are really, really lucky. [more inside]
The International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2010
- "Researchers are generating mind-boggling volumes of data at exponentially increasing rates. The ability to process that information and display it in ways that enhance understanding is an increasingly important aspect of the way scientists communicate with each other and—especially—with students and the general public. That's why, for the past 8 years, Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) have co-sponsored annual challenges to promote cutting-edge efforts to visualize scientific data, principles, and ideas. This year's awardees
span scales from nanoparticles to colliding galaxies, and from microseconds to millennia."
40,000-year-old rock paintings are alive. "These organisms are alive and could have replenished themselves over endless millennia to explain the freshness of the paintings' appearance," Professor Pettigrew told BBC News.
Various Japanese plants (and fungi) spring to life in Omni/ScienceNet's "Action Plant" series of time-lapse videos
shot in Kōchi prefecture.
What if Lovecraft had Lived into the 1960′s?
- recording from a 1978 WorldCon panel featuring Fritz Leiber
, and S.T. Joshi
. Bonus files: A reading by Donald R. Burleson of his story The Last Supper
, and a reading of Fungi from Yuggoth
Paul Stamets profile in Mother Jones
... humans and fungi still have nearly half of their DNA in common and are susceptible to many of the same infections. (Referring to fungi as "our ancestors" is one of the many zingers that Stamets likes to feed audiences.) [more inside]
Industrial Strength Fungus.
At an organic farm just outside Monterey, Calif., a super-eco building material is growing in dozens of darkened shipping containers. The farm is named Far West Fungi
, and its rusting containers are full of all sorts of mushrooms--shiitake, reishi and pom-pom, to name a few. This new application of mushrooms is sometimes referred to as "mycotecture", but the idea of mycorestoration
[TED talk: "6 ways mushrooms can save the world"] is not new. [more inside]
: Deep in the radioactive bowels of the smashed Chernobyl reactor, a strange new lifeform is blooming.
DIY activists have been using human hair mats
to soak up the carcinogenic bunker oil that's been washing onto Bay Area beaches since the spill
. Now they're inoculating the oil-soaked mats with mushrooms
that will break down the oil into harmless compost.
See also: fungi breaking down plastics
, synthetic dyes
A bit more
from mushroom guru Paul Stamets.
(If you're so inclined, here's a link to donate to the non-profit that coordinated the hair mats.) [more inside]
Soon you may find yourself in the company of mushrooms.
If you're curious about them, Mykoweb
, Tom Volk's Fungi (especially his FOTM section)
, Fungal Jungal
, David Fischer's American Mushrooms
, BCERN's Matchmaker
and the recently mentioned Roger's Mushrooms
are remarkably handy, replete with descriptions and keys for reading up and identifying whether something growing in your yard is heavenly
. The North American Mycological Association maintains a list of affiliated clubs
, too, if you want to enlist help in identifying something.
Lichens of North America
'This website grew out of the activities of Sylvia and Stephen Sharnoff, who did the photographic fieldwork for the book Lichens of North America, by Irwin M.Brodo and the Sharnoffs, published in November, 2001 by Yale University Press ... ' - the human uses of lichens
, a lichen sampler
, lichen portraits
('This lichen is used medicinally in India as a poultice to induce copious urination, as a linament and an incense for headaches, and also as a powder to help wounds heal.'
) ... more lichen links.
Related interest :- The Hidden Forest
, photos of lichens, fungi, mosses and slime moulds of the New Zealand bush.
Think you have a fungal infection?
Think you've got fungus growing in your building
, or home? Want to see macroscopic images
of people, animals, and plants that have fungal infections? Who you gonna call? Doctor Fungus
. 'Dedicated to timely dissemination of information about fungal infections via the world-wide web.'
Morel Sightings 2002
There's a fungus among us. Morels are one of the most highly sought-after, delectable wild mushrooms. Each spring, morel hunting goes into high gear in many parts of the country. This site has state-by-state reports. (mine is in MA) You can learn more about these spongy fungi here
. If you do go out foraging for them, just remember...if you don't know it, throw it!
There's a fungus among us
- more than one, actually. And because fungi are ubiquitous, it's no surprise that they enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner
as much as we do.
Let's end this newly formed urban legend now.
in the Ora Potency Fruit Punch was just a fungus. At least quality control can keep body parts out.