Spores from a Tiny Fungus

Living in Florida sure does have a few benefits. Fungi grow everywhere here! When my professor in Central Florida gave me a foldscope, I didn’t know which fungus to look at because there are so many! In this photo circled is a mystery fungus that I wanted to look at. Also in this picture is…

Spores of Fern

Ferns are reproduced from spores that are gathered in clusters called sori, which are usually on the underside of the fronds. The spores can be yellow, green, brown, or black. The sori are sometimes covered with a membrane called an indusium, which will lift up when the spores are ripe.

Green mold under foldscope-#Indiafoldscopephase 1

We found green colour mold infestation in stored tamarind seeds. Small amount of scrap was taken using forceps and slide was prepared. Mycelial hyphae and spores pictures were taken using foldscope. Fig: Mycelium, fruiting body, spores of green mold This post is open to read and review on The Winnower.

Fern spore catapult

I planted a fern in my garden a couple of months ago and ferns have been taking over! I’m not sure about the species — Ostrich fern (Matteuccia orientalis)? I remember learning about fern reproduction involving some strange alternation of generations with ‘spores’ that grow on the underside of leaves. Sure enough, there were a…

Fun with Fungi 2

Last night I went on a night hike with Calnature.org at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, California  and armed with UV lights and dark forest we looked for all things that glow or at least are UV fluorescent. We found tons of two glowing arthropods; the Western Forest Scorpion (Uroctonus mordax) and the millipede Xystocheir…

Fun with Fungi

In North America fungi are a mess, taxanomically speaking. Many fungi that look similar to ones found in Europe inherited the same scientific names and this is partly because beyond the fruiting body (mushroom), fungi are pretty hard to get a good look at. A fair number of attributes that are used to discriminate between…