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Portobello looking mushrooms growing in yard

Sorry, I know this is probably kind of a lame question for this forum, but I live in Northeast MA, and it has been a mix of hot, sunny, and wet over the past few weeks. These guys started popping up ...
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Structure of pores of tinder fungus

I’m interested in various natural structures: fractals, packing, hyperuniformity etc. Here is photo of pores of tinder fungus or Fomes fomentarius: The pore distribution is neither hexagonal packing ...
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Pilot agricultural study terminology

What is the technical word for a single crop field trial which divided into different treatments? I have examined Field trial manual Principles, planning and Implementation of Agricultural Field ...
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KEGG map01100: Is this ectomycorrhizae or arbuscular mycorrhizae

Just as background mycorrhizae are fungi and split into two groups ectomycorrhizae and arbuscular mycorrhizae (AM). Taxonomically these fungi groups are very distinct. Ectomycorrhizae belong to the ...
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What is the biological pathway for the biodegradation of DDT (pesticide)?

There are various micro organisms which can degrade DDT. Which micro organism is most frequently used for biodegradation of DDT and what is the metabolic pathway by which DDT is degraded?
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What's this mold? (With microscopic images)

So I (living in NRW, Germany) found an apparently quite homogenous mold colony at home, and would like to know what type of mold it is. How I found the colony, where it grew: I ate something, then ...
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Identification of Secondary metabolites gene clusters in fungi

I am trying to identify secondary metabolites gene clusters specifically PKS from endophytes through PCR then sanger sequencing. Are there set of specific primers available or do I have to design my ...
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What is the genus of this fungus?

I'm struggling to identify this fungus. Is it Aspergillus sp. or Penicillium sp.?
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Which mold species are these?

A friend of mine in Los Angeles recently put a petri dish with some mold-friendly substrate under a vent for two days, and a whole rainbow of mold species grew on it. What are the different mold ...
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Reading list to understand the theory of mycelium based materials for beginners

I have read tons of articles and seen presentations about people making materials with mycelium. From mycelium bricks to mycelium fabrics. I want to understand the processes that allow this. That is, ...
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Are there any known bioluminescent species of fungi found in the Pacific Northwest?

This might not be the best place to ask this but since mycology is included I though I'd try: Some 21 years ago in late May of 2003 I was walking with a group of friends in the woods near Olympia, ...
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Is the Mycetozoa phylum part of Amoebozoa or Protozoa kingdom?

I'm not sure if the two kingdoms are essentially the same thing. I was looking at mushroom data collected by citizen scientists, and a lot of the data is labeled as belonging to one of three kingdoms: ...
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centrioles in primitive plants, algae and fungi

Do these groups of organizms lack centrioles or possess? Red algae (yes?) Diatoms (no?) Yest (no?) Chydtridiomycetes (no?) Liverworths (yes?) Hornwoths (yes?) 7.Zygomycetes (no?) Cannot find exact ...
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What is a fungus formally?

Fungi are immotile eukaryotes that do not have chloroplasts or perform photosynthesis. Yet there are other organisms that fit this definition that are not fungi, for example slime molds. What is the ...
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Fungivore that feeds specifically on spores

I'm wondering if anyone has knowledge of an organism that specifically feeds on the spores of fungi. When I attempt to research this the results are flooded with numerous examples of fungivores but I'...
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Why is it that once mould is growing, and it releases spores, it can grow in or on materials that are not damp?

My home had some flooding recently (from a burst hose connected to a tap, but I'm not sure that's relevant), and in the process of rectifying the situation, a few things were told to me. I'd like some ...
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What is this color on mycelium?

i cloned yellow plearotus ostreatus to an agar petri dish, i used potato solution to make the agar. the first 5 days the mycelium was growing in a tomentose growth and everything was right, the 6th ...
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Can anyone identify a fungus with a tiny fruiting body that I found in a plant pot

I recently found what I think are fungi in the growing medium in a 30 cm pot that contains an epiphyllum 'orchid' (cactus). There are several that appear new and more that look old or are decaying. I'...
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Trying to identify a mushroom found in my backyard

I'm new at trying to describe mushrooms though I will try my best. subtract from growth : grass color : light grey/brown then a faded orange at the top gill color is also light brown ovate shape ...
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Booger like things growing on my walls

Can someone help me dealing with this? They're constantly growing on my walls whether I clean them or not. They're very solid. I live in Yerevan, Armenia. The place where these creatures are, is my ...
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Mushroom identification in in a balcony planter in Bavaria

I've seen the following mushroom pop up in a balkoney planter in Bavaria (Germany) in June. They were growing pretty quickly (just in a few days) Description So that others have a chance to find it ...
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Preservation of citrus fruit

A decade ago [1] the possibility of using Cas9 systems to impart desirable properties to oranges seemed within reach [1]. Antifungals like Imazalil can increase shelf life of citrus but are known to ...
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Are psilocybin/psilocyn the only psychoactive compounds in psychoactive mushrooms?

Psilocybe cubensis is the most common psychedelic mushroom, and its active ingredients are psilocin and psilocybin (which is converted to psilocin in the body). There are other psychedelic mushrooms, ...
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What is this fungus in my plant growth medium?

I am growing S. lycopersicum on 1x Gamborgs medium and have been getting some fungal like contamination. The media contains 0.2% sucrose and Bacto-Agar. Plants are grown at a 21 c - 20 c day, night ...
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Can these things be done at home on a hobbyist budget?

I've toyed with getting into microscopy as a hobby for fun and potentially practical reasons. Can anyone tell me whether or not these are doable at home in 2023 with a \$500 to \$1000 budget? ...
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Tiny black mushrooms growing from veggies? [duplicate]

I've found these tiny black mushrooms sprouting from my scallions. I'm in Salt Lake, UT, but the scallions are store-bought, so I'm not sure where they're from or where they've been. Anyone know what ...
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Does the current phylogenetic system classify only Algae as Thallophytes?

I am studying the current system of division of plants. While studying Thallophytes, I came across some sources which said that Thallophytes consist of Fungi, Algae, and Lichens. Some others (https://...
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Do the neurogenic chemicals in mushrooms get transmitted to milk?

In a recent video by SciShow they discussed several studies showing that several compounds in lion's mane mushrooms encourage neuron growth. Do we know if these chemicals get passed into milk if a ...
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Mushroom identification, Hungary

I've found these growing on regular lawn, near some pine trees. In Europe, Hungary, Szada, near the end of October. Could you please help identify it?
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What type of brown mushroom is this?

What mushroom is this? Maybe some type of Armillaria?
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What are these mushrooms growing in my garden?

I live in Southern California. Over the last couple weeks, these two different kinds of mushroom have manifested in my garden. They seem to grow rapidly overnight, only to wither and show up somewhere ...
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What is this mushroom in Illinois?

I live in the Northwest suburbs of Illinois and we moved into this house last year. I noticed these mushrooms popping up in one corner of my yard and I’ve never seen this type before. They don’t seem ...
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Where in the biological realm is vitamin B5 chiefly produced?

Can yeast produce pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)? Do bacteria efficiently produce it? Or does it only come from plants? The Wikipedia page for pantothenic acid doesn’t seem to answer the question (...
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help with mushrooms identification

I know that mushrooms identification is a difficult process. but I would like to ask for help in the identification of this one. It growth over the grass in a backyard on Toronto, Canada.
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Beneficial effects of the fungi of a termite mound on the diseases suffered by the termites

My motivation to join this Biology Stack Exchange is the article by David Pride that I've read from the Spanish edition of Scientific American, that's Investigación y Ciencia. The article is [1], and ...
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Is this bear excreta on trees?

We were hiking lately in Canadian Rockies (the Kananaskis country) and kept encountering branches of conifers near ground covered in brown substance similar to mud or excreta. It didn't have any ...
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Bolete (?) mushroom identification

I'm attempting to identify a gorgeous set of mushrooms. I'm not anything resembling a mycologist, and I have no intention on consuming these... But for my own curiosity, I'm trying to identify these ...
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Does refrigerating (but not freezing) bread inhibit mycelium growth?

During COVID, supermarkets struggled to keep things in stock. Bread seemed to be hard to come by for a time. As a result, when I came across the brand I liked, I grabbed a couple extra loaves. I didn'...
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Identification of Mold / Fungus

I am working with some old plaster powder, and a few days after it set (mixed with water), I found that pink mold / fungus appears to be growing on it. See attached photo. Please help me identify what ...
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What is this mushroom attached to the terrarium with transparent cap and black strips?

I have a terrarium with something black attached to the glass with a whitish green stem. Can someone please help identifying this? The terrarium is outside in the backyard and receives only direct ...
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Is this a Enoki aka. velvet shank aka. Flammulina velutipes?

In December in southern Germany I found the following mushroom on a some remains of a tree. From what I read, saw and felt (sticky cap when wet), I am very sure it is a velvet shank, especially ...
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What is the effect of anti-fungal soap?

As I understand, most popular anti fungal soap/shampoo has Ketoconazole as an active ingredient. Ketoconazole stops the growth of fungi, but as it does not kill it, but halts division, how can soap/...
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What are marine fungi like?

Particularly, what is their mycelium like and where exactly do they grow it? I imagine that their spores travel though water same as terrestrial fungi travel through air until they stumble upon solid ...
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What organism is this? Repetitive, long thread, double spikes, ... (from a human sputum sample) [closed]

Link to video Collected in Portugal.
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Can antibiotic resistance cause problems for the microorganisms producing them? [duplicate]

My understanding is that antibiotics are naturally produced by microorganisms as a defensive measure against certain kinds of bacteria. For example, some Penicillium molds produce penicillin. Clearly, ...
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Is there species of mushrooms that grow in the wild in Mediterranean environment?

I'm looking for species of mushrooms which can grow wild (or with minimal human intervention) in Mediterranean environment (which is characterized by dry summers and mild, wet winters.), specifically ...
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Doubts about what is growing in my bacteriological cultivation

Foreword: I don't belong to the field at all, I am a high school student with a passion for science so I apologise in advance if I formulate the question incorrectly or make some mistakes. Out of ...
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How to reduce the quantity of (carcinogenic) mycotoxins in oatmeal?

Like all cereals, oat is commonly (nearly systematically) contaminated by several types of mycotoxin (produced by molds) known to cause cancer{1}. Oat is one of the most infected cereals{2}. Unless ...
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Asexual reproduction by secondary mycelium in basidiomycetes

I'm studying in class 11 and the the following line was mentioned in my textbook: "Dikaryophase or secondary mycelium may multiply by different types of spores - chlamydospores aecidiospores, ...
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Species ID of this giant brain-shaped mushroom? How do its spores escape, there's no "puff" for this puffball!

After several days of rain then a few warm sunny days in northern Taiwan in August, I came across this giant mushroom growing in an open field that's only occasionally mowed. This mushroom about 18 cm ...
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