Observation 30953: Penicillium Link

When: 2009-12-25

Collection location: McMurdo Station, Antarctica [Click for map]

Who: Noah Siegel (Noah)

No specimen available

I’m not in Antarctic but my friend Kira is. I wanted some fungi pictures from Antarctica so we could put another pin in the map for MO. So I asked her to put some bread under her bed and see if she got any mold to grow on it. I think if I asked somebody to mold stuff under their bed most would never talk to me again but not Kira…
she said it came from field lunches for intrepid scientists.
The sandwich is peanut butter and jelly, but the peanut butter and jelly are blended together beforehand because it’s easier to spread one thing onto a sandwich than two. and it’s on white bread
It took about three weeks grow this.
Thank you Kira for humoring me and doing this, you are the best.

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wood decay fungi in Antarctica
By: BlueCanoe
2011-12-09 12:26:25 CST (-0500)
By: Kira (Kiradee)
2010-05-24 14:27:10 CDT (-0400)

Glad to help out.

More Fungi of Antarctica
By: Danny Newman (myxomop)
2010-05-23 04:42:16 CDT (-0400)


This website is in dire need of a graphic design overhaul, not to mention some pictures, but an index of Antarctic fungi – and a good deal of them macrofungi at that – is pretty extraordinary no matter how poorly presented. This is apparently the only digital representation of the British Antarctic Survey’s continuing research on and accompanying collections of Antarctic fungi.

Hopefully the library will be able to secure this paper for me to find out more:


What an absolutely fascinating place to foray.

mold = mould
By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-12-27 21:18:31 CST (-0500)

Both spellings are correct. “Mold” is the American spelling, “Mould” is the British spelling.

By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-27 21:11:33 CST (-0500)

is it mold or mould ??

Yes Erin
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-27 21:09:48 CST (-0500)

Im Aware of that but spell check ect seems to be malfunctioning and I did not catch it. you see if there no little red lines and im in a hurry well goof ups occur

blue mould
By: Erin Page Blanchard (CureCat)
2009-12-27 20:47:38 CST (-0500)

The blue mould looks like Penicillin Mould. Not sure about the black fluffy mould.

p.s. Eddee, the common name for mushrooms in the genus Morchella is “Morel”, and just so you know, it is pronounced phonetically and does not sound like the word “moral”.

moral season
By: Eddee (eddeeee)
2009-12-27 06:33:25 CST (-0500)

when is moral season start there ?

By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2009-12-27 03:10:53 CST (-0500)

I guess there are at least two species there, maybe more.

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