Collection location: Bendigo Regional Park, Lockwood, Victoria, Australia [Click for map]
These micrographs show the pileipellis of a little, white (boring) Clitocybe species with what appeared to be conidia of an Ascomycete fungus.
No conidia were found in the pileus trama. It appeared that this fungus was infecting only the pileipellis of the mushroom.
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Somewhat by chance I came across a picture showing the conidia of an Alternaria sp. and the genus seems to be a good match for this observation. It’s apparently a ubiquitus genus of Ascomycete fungi that typically infects plants and is a known human pathogen. It causes allergic reations and triggers asthema in some people, and has the potential to infect immunocompromised patients.
Created: 2011-01-21 23:31:17 CST (-0600)
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