Observation 209151: Mixed collection

When: 2015-07-07

Collection location: Washington, USA [Click for map]

Who: Image Sharer (image sharer)

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This is a mixture of at least 3 species which I’d like help identifying. This dish was left near a window sill similar to the event which lead to the discovery of Penicillin, one of the important medicines on our Earth. Penicillin is a chemical isolated from multiple species in the ascomycetous genus Penicillium.



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Too true
By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2015-07-11 15:29:36 -03 (-0300)

Gsharp, too true. I believe I.G. was poking fun(gi) at you…

The average breath of air contains approximately 10,000 spores. It would be scarey to see what people actually breathe. OTOH, it supports how amazing our own immune systems are to combat such airborne offence so effectively.

On a more serious note, Tricholoma is present in soils worldwide, and is a very common contaminant of anyone attempting to grow anything. Penicillium is also fairly common among fruit growers in N.A. That said, I question your identification of one of these as Tricholoma viride (aka “Forest Green mold”, ala Stamets). It may be a Tricholoma. I’m suspicious of the white edge to the central colony.

By: Image Sharer (image sharer)
2015-07-07 20:03:49 -03 (-0300)

:D These are fungal colonies growing on antibiotic agar. They are likely to be common airborne fungi that are not new to science, in-home gourmet mushroom growing, or in gourmet/medicinal commercial cultivation. If you’ve ever driven on a road and witnessed the sun’s light shining thru trees – under the right conditions – the sun lights up the air we breathe and live (depend upon) daily. It is filled with spores from plants, fungi, and bacteria – and plenty of those species have to be interesting to study. The Feds are invited to study with me and hire me for these types of studies – if there is a benefit to society. I’m sure a paid, respectable position would require more ass-kissing than I’m prepared to do, however.
I’m quite confident that too many mushroom growers and hunters are biased toward gilled fungi, so much so that they parallel the same emotion towards other fungi which our mycophobic friends have (in the sense that they are drawing their focus mainly on the death cap and other deadly mushrooms – while forgetting the impact that many, many fungi have had upon contemporary medicine).

☮ ✌ :D ☮ ✌

By: I. G. Safonov (IGSafonov)
2015-07-07 19:44:51 -03 (-0300)

I am very scared to think about what’s going on in that petri dish! Are you sure you are not breeding deadly pathogens, man? The Feds are going to be all over your place! LOL!
How do you know these are fungi and not some bacteria colonies? Looks like lots of microscopic work is in order. Good luck!

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