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Could these be Mycetozoa?

I found this on a forest in Mexico City. It was kind of a warm day (around 15°C). It had been raining a few days prior and it was quite humid, but not suffocating. This orange thing was on top of a ...
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Help identifying a mushroom found in Raymond, WA, USA

Hello dear mycology wizards! Could you help me figure out what's the name of this species. I found the mushrooms in a forest near to Raymond, WA. The area was quite wet and mossy, but not a swamp. ...
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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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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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How to approach identifying Melampsora species?

I'd like to figure out which species of Melampsora that is growing on this European aspen. What would be the right approach? Would a microscope or other tool help? Is there even more than a single ...
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Mushroom Identification: Small conical light-brown mushroom

I found a small single mushroom growing on grass and I decided to try to identify it. Characteristics: Region: Brazil southeast coast, state of São Paulo, predominantly Atlantic forest Gilled ...
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Where does mycelium growing in wood get oxygen?

As per title, where does mycelium, growing in wood, get its oxygen? I mean when the mycelium is spreading into wood, say an old log, beneath the surface. As an example, say I put mushroom dowels into ...
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How Many Generation We can Run a Mycelium of Pleurotus ostreatus/Pearl Oyster?

I am able to grow mycelium successfully on the spent coffee grounds. And mycelium is successfully fruiting once/twice on the same substrate. I am cloning by taking mycelium from the existing one (...
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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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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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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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What is this fungus growing on tree stumps?

Location: Austria, Vienna, Ottakring Forest Time: 2019, Feb 2, 16:02 local time Size: From below; lamellar structure: Some more angles: I found many tree stumps nearby covered by moss, but only ...
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Fungi growing in pH 1 FeCl₃ solution

I have a FeCl3 tank that I use to dip spruce wood in. After 2–3 weeks a fungus appears in the tank and it keeps growing with time. The fungus has a white colour and is spread throughout the ...
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This looks like a mushroom is it eatable?

This looks like mushroom it's white and there are insects feeding on it....it seems to be growing on a cascabela thevetia
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What mushroom species is this?

Found in garden ,Brisbane Australia at base of trees and amongst plants in open ground
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Identify this larvae that lives on a musrhoom?

I was in the forest near the Rhone river in France and I uncovered some mildewy wood bracket fughi (Ganoderma) on a fallen willow tree. It was a scene from a sci-fi film. some arthropod larvae of 2-...
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How do I test if microbes have survived after dehydration?

I have a solution containing various bacteria and fungi. My aim is to place solution on filter paper, and wait until it dries. I then wish to test if the organisms have survived, either on the dried ...
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What Chemical Trigger Causes Ectomycorrhiza To Change From Asexual To Sexual?

I want to know the trigger behind the change of asexual to sexual ectomycorrhiza when symbiosis with a tree root is formed. As ectomycorrhiza attaches itself to a root, it forms a relationship wherein ...
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What is this red liquid produced by a fungal colony?

In a jar, where I had some orchid plants, a fungi start growing few days ago. I removed the plants and let the fungi to expand and grow more. After some days, red drops started to appear on the ...
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phosphorous availability to mycorrhizae and parent plant, timing - paper search

I'm researching phosphorous uptake in monocots to develop planting mixes for riparian planting. I recently saw a paper suggesting (the author lacked proof) that root zone mycorrhizae may solubilize ...
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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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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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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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What is causing these lichen patterns on a tree in Scotland?

I recently saw these lichens growing on a tree in Scotland. What is causing the pattern of dark lines? Are these the boundaries between individual lichens? Or could it be something to do with the ...
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The wood wide web strengthening/expanding the heartwood of damaged pines

My grandfather told me about a practice: girdling/ring-barking (not sure which was employed) of pine trees in order to make the wood stronger. Now, he didn't give too many details, so I had to do some ...
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What functions other than spore dispersal does a fruiting body serve in a mycelial network?

I'm not exactly sure if this is the appropriate forum to ask this, so apologies in advance. My question is both technical and general: what are the less obvious functions that the individual mushroom ...
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Rubbery Orange and Fuzzy Mould From Bread

So I share a house, and my other housemates are currently away. One of them had some "plain" bread (a popular type in Scotland), complained a piece had mould on it, and so I had assumed they'd thrown ...
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Mushroom Identification: White mushroom growing on tree (South America)

Near the place I live in I noticed a little white mushroom growing on a tree trunk (a dead palm tree). I was curious to identify it, but from the little I learned so far white mushrooms are the worst ...
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Do all Fungi have similar cells?

I know that most fungi are not differentiated into tissues. And tissues are groups of specialised cells aiming to perform a collective function. Does it, then, follow that most fungi do not have ...
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Identifying a mushroom (Switzerland)

Does anyone know this type of mushroom? It grew during the last week in large numbers in one of my pots on the balcony, location Zurich, Switzerland. A smaller part of the soil is from the wood in the ...
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How does fungi network transfer substances between plants?

How does fungi network transfer substances between plants? I recently read a short article about fungi network. And I am wondering about how fungi network works (Mechanism). Plants have fungi ...
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Does Penicillium roqueforti produce penicyllin?

I have recently discovered that blue cheese is produced with Penicillium roqueforti. As I know that some Penicillinum sp. produce penicyllin I wonder whether it is produced by P. roqueforti too? The ...
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Number of alleles' variations in a mushroom that has over 20,000 sexes

I am trying to understand the mating behavior of a particular species of fungi known as Schizophyllum commune, or the split-gill. I found a blog post that explains the mechanisms that define the ...
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Common stains for fungal microscopy

I recently got a light microscope to start exploring microscopic features of fungi (and to explore microscopy in general). What are some of the most common and easily available stains used when ...
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Can Mother-to-Child Transmission Occur in Relation to Mycotoxins or Mycoestrogens?

There are 17 officially noted cases in which leukemia or melanoma cancer cells crossed the placenta from mother to child. Other crossings include metals (or metalloid elements), such as mercury or ...
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white and brown mushrooms. same species but...?

On Cooking SE and Wikipedia we wonder if someone can claify: Are white vs brown immature fruiting bodies of Agaricus bisporus different stages of development like many kinds of fruit change color as ...
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Why is Pilobolus phototropic?

Pilobolus is a fungal genus whose fruiting bodies consist of a stalk ending in a spore mass that is launched via turgor pressure to disperse the spores. The fruiting bodies grow towards light, which ...
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Why can't there be fructification of mycelium in submerged culture?

I am very new at this. I am wondering why fed batch cultures produce a lot of mycelia but no fruit. I thought the more mycelia you had, the greater chance of it forming a fruit body. I am refering to ...
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Endophytic Xylariaceae: diversity and taxonomy inferred from rDNA sequence analyses

"Thailand is considered as one of the areas containing a high percentage of unknown taxa of Xylariaceae (Rogers 2000). In Thailand, several studies on endophytic fungi have been documented, namely, ...
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Mushroom Identification (USA)

I would like some help identifying this mushroom I found in my yard. Location: Southeast Georgia Near Pine trees after heavy rainfall Color: Light brown to Dark Red, biggest is about 4 inches in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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