Category Archives: A Fungus Among Us

Now We Will Lose Fungal Resources: The Infrastructure Hits Just Keep Coming

The next time you hear someone talk about how important science is, you might want to remind them that you get what you pay for (boldface mine): This morning brought another piece of bad news. This concerns a valuable resource … Continue reading

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Toothpaste Company, Get Thee to a Mycologist

While I’m sure companies spend a lot of time devising (and divining) brand names, someone really screwed this Swiss toothpaste brand up: (from here) Candida. The mind boggles.

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Mushrooms

Observed in Cambridge, MA:

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A Humongous Fungus Among Us in the Public Garden

Well, it’s really a lichen, an algal-fungal symbiont, but you try making stupid rhymes with “algal-fungal symbiont.” At a distance, I first thought this was bird crap that hadn’t been cleaned off, but when I got closer…lichens: Kudos to Boston … Continue reading

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Be Very, Very Quiet, I’m Hunting…

…elm bark beetles. Observed at the corner of Exeter Street and Commonwealth Ave.: According to the Boston Parks Department: The traps consist of 18.5″x 28″ green plywood boxes mounted approximately 15 feet off the ground on trees located at least … Continue reading

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Mushrooms, Not Especially Wild

Observed on Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston:

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In Boston, A Humongous Fungus Among Us

Last week, it was cool and rainy, which is perfect fungus weather. That led to this fungus, at the corner of Darmouth and Marlborough Streets, shooting up over a two day period: Just to give you some idea of scale, … Continue reading

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Is the Microbiome Being Driven by the Right Biologists?

Decoding the human microbiome will be easy…except for…oh crap.
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Chloramphenicol, Frogs…and Bacterial Endosymbionts?

A possible way to cure the devastating fungal infections that are wiping out frog populations–and also a hint at a possible mechanism of how the fungus kills frogs.
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Never Go to a Chinese Restaurant…

…and order anything that comes with “assorted meats.” You see…
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