Note the toothed hymenophore and the characteristic orange cordons (rhizomorphs), A very cool fungus, common in eastern N.A. Very often the cordons are found without the fruiting body. If start rolling logs and looking underneath, you are likely to find this fungus.
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On a different note, I have found an unusual (for me) crustose fungus on standing dead hazelnut trunks. Only seem to find it on standing material, but presume it would be on cut branches/limbs/trunks/suckers as well. It sure looked golden-colored to me.
In my lab a couple years ago we showed that P. chrysosporium can also degrade phenolic resin polymers, such as bakelite. See our paper here. Phanerochaete crysposporium is the king of all bioremediation and biopulping fungi. — but P chrysorhizon is not tested.
About 1990 Oregon senator Ron Wyden announced that studies done at the Oregon Graduate Center had shown P. chrysosporium degraded (broke-down) PCP, DDT, and several other toxins. Does anyone know if this is the same species, just a different species epithet?
Also, Debbie hasn’t been around many truffle hunters yet. Everyone is usually on their knees, rakes in hand, butts waving, and hand-lens … well, you see where I’m going here.
I don’t know that this species occurs in the west. You can often find similar looking yellow rhizomorphs (cordons) in the soil under conifers, but those belong to Piloderma bicolor or a related species, which is mycorrhizal rather than causing a wood decay.
At least we have something to look at out in the Mojave! ;)
Anything comparable out here in the West? Good lord, will we all be rolling logs for crusts, now? At least we’re not lichenologists, with our butts in the air and our faces, with hand lens attached, glued to rocks! No offense to any lichenologists on this list…
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