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Where can I get fungal extracts?

Does anyone know how I can get fungal extracts from fungal isolates? I have isolates in PDA slants and I'm gonna need to get their respective extracts to impregnate in sterile discs. I'm a novice in ...
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What is a tuckahoe?

I'm working on a book about names and nicknames of the fifty states of USA. I came across the following in an older reference: The name Tuckoes is a corruption of the common term Tuckahoe, or ...
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Does Usnea (Old Mans Beard) have negative effects on the respiratory system?

Being a fungus does it have negative effects similar to that of mold, especially on the respiratory system?
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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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Is a mycelium sewage pipe possible? [closed]

Over the past few years I've seen mycelium used as a supplement for various building materials. I was wondering if mycelium could be successfully used as construction material for a sewage pipe. ...
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Where do mushrooms get their energy from?

I'm wondering where field mushrooms get their energy from. I've heard that they can easily grow on soil in a dark room. So, it seems to me that there wouldn't be any photosynthesizing plants from ...
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What are the blue and white things on this Sunburst lichen?

I am a amateur photographer I found some interesting things when I got home and looked at my photos. There are some blue/white cocoon. I like structures on top of the sunburst lichen. I live in ...
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What is the purpose of the brown louver-like structure on the underside of a mushroom?

On the underside of the cap of a mushroom is a structure with many brown leaves closely spaced together like slats or a louver. What is the purpose of this structure?
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Plants with no chlorophyll [closed]

If chlorophyll or chloroplast is needed for the process of photosynthesis then how do non green plants with no chlorophyll get food
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Pigmentation in dermatophytes

Dermatophytes are cutaneous keratophilic fungi. They cause concentric skin lesions. As a sample, usually skin scrapings are collected. When viewed under the KOH mount, they appear transparent but ...
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What is so difficult about mushroom cultivation?

I am just wondering why it is so cheap and easy to cultivate this type of mushroom: Agaricus bisporus, however a typical forest mushroom such as Boletus edulis has to be harvested. What makes one ...
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What mushroom is this?

A lot of these popped up recently in our backyard (St. Louis, Missouri, United States). They are all grouped into these clusters and there were probably 5 of these big clusters. Anyone know what ...
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What is the name of this yellow / orange fungus?

I've seen this in October 2016 on Corsica (Island of France): I would guess each one is about 5cm - 15cm in diameter. Obviously, they come in small groups.
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What is the name of this brown, "flat hat", fungus?

I've seen this in October 2016 on Corsica (Island of France): See https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gr-20-petra-piana-to-onda-08.jpg for more images and higher resolutions.
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How to measure surface area of plated bacteria?

For my project, I'm growing Baker's yeast and probiotics in two liquid cultures before mixing them together and plating them. I'm trying to measure the impact of the probiotics on the yeast. How ...
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What is the name of this about 10cm high, grey, "flat hat" fungus?

I found this fungus on Corsica (France). Can you please help me to identify it?
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Does tardigrade eat mould?

There is a problem of devastating mold in ventilation of old buildings in Europe. I guess tardigrades might be better solution because chemicals is not a good idea for ventilation because people are ...
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Can someone identify this mushroom?

I found this monster on my lawn in New Hampshire USA, with a pileus that measures about 8.5 inches across. My mother has threatened to eat it unless I can demonstrate that it's poisonous, so any help ...
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Do all fungi dislike acidic environments?

I know that some fungi prefer mildly alkaline environments and dislike acidic environments. Is that true of all fungi, or do some fungi prefer acidic environments? If so, are such acidic fungi rare ...
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Help to identify this large, slow-growing mushroom?

Here in my backyard in Southern California, there appears to be this relatively smooth, mottled-colored dome-like structure a little larger than a chicken egg in the dirt. Can anyone identify it? Is ...
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What Type of Mushroom is this?

Recently in Eastern Pennsylvania, there has been lots of rain and heat (90's) for a couple weeks now, so lots of mushrooms are popping up. A neighbor posted a picture of this fungus in a community ...
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Is this some sort of fungus?

There is something strange growing straight out of the glass windows at work. They look like hairs, about half an inch long, and each have a white spot on the tip of them, slightly weighing them down. ...
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What type of Gorgonzola cheese fungus/bacteria is this?

I have purchased a gorgonzola cheese and it came with some orange/yellow fungus/bacteria in the cheese's surface. Anyone know what kind of fungus/bacteria it is, and if it's safe to eat?
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What is the name of this about 5cm high, grey, Beanie shaped fungus?

I found those below some stone stairs in Germany. The grass gives you an impression of the size (I guess the grass is about 5-7cm tall)
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What is this white stuff inside apples?

I live at Vancouver, BC, Canada and I often find this kind of white stuff inside the apples I buy I used to live in Europe (Switzerland) and never saw that before. It very much look like a fungus. Is ...
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Is this bacteria or fungi?

I've been growing bacteria on an agar plate and after putting the dishes in the incubator, this is what I saw. I'm new to bacteria identification, and is this just contamination by fungi or is this ...
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What type of mushroom/fungus is this?

I had someone gift me some old firewood along with some other wood I had purchased from them. I was told the wood in question is popple. However, it was in pretty bad shape and much of it had a ...
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Toxicity of Zinc to fungi [closed]

I would like to know what are the mechanisms and overall effects of Zinc on fungi. I know that Candida albicans is susceptible to Zinc deprivation and Zinc-infused paint is also used to repel mold.
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What happens to the mold spores we inhale?

What happens to the mold spores we inhale? I'm guessing when we exhale, many of them are expelled back out to the environment. But given that disease can be caused by mold exposure, I'm also ...
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Where does fungus store excess food?

Can anyone pin point, as to where and how, the excess food is stored in fungus (mushroom to be specific). Like plants store as starch granules, so where does mushroom store?
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Where I can download the genome sequence of various species of Fusarium?

I'm looking for genome sequence of various species of Fusarium (a kind of fungus!) on net, but I found no suitable information. Could you please help me out for this purpose? Thanks in advance
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Can dermatophytes (toenail fungus) survive without oxygen?

I read that fungi in general can switch to alcohol fermentation in the absence of oxygen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaerobic_organism). How about dermatophytes ? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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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 kind of mushroom is this?

I picked it this evening beneath an oak, in France, Nantes : I tried an image search with Google, and it seems I picked a finger of a dead hand :) What is its name, and is it edible?
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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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What are those huge plants / fungi on trees called?

I've seen them in Scotland in August 2015: The plants / fungi were quite high (over 2m) on the tree. They are almost circular if you view them from the top, I guess (except for the part where they ...
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Ways to fight black mold

Is it possible to introduce a microorganism to a colony of black mold that will kill off the black mold entirely and permanently? Is there a common microorganism that likes to eat them and is harmless ...
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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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Requirements for soil sample transportation over long distance

I need to collected soil sample from agricultural area far away from my lab. It would required about a week for the sample to arrive to lab. I need the soil sample for genomic DNA isolation (...
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Why does mouldy food make you sick?

Bread gets mouldy pretty quickly. My parents (both of whom are nurses) throw out a loaf of bread after a spot of mould is seen (because "if you can see one spot, it means the whole thing is covered in ...
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How high into the air are spores of molds commonly occurring?

I understand so far that most of the air surrounding us contains mold spores so that given the right environment and a food source they start to grow. I assume this is true for air close to the earth. ...
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What is effectiveness of methyl-alcohol as sporicide?

Methyl-alcohol is the weakest alcohol in terms of bactericidal properties. However, I have read that it also works as sporicide. What is the effectiveness of methyl-alcohol in killing the spores of ...
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Species ID: Buckyball-like fungus [duplicate]

Previous research A friend of mine shared a link of some beautiful fungi: http://imgur.com/a/Dii3H. I was intrigued by the curious critter below -- it seems to have honed the power of buckyball ...