Not all of these are likely to be found in food - T. stipitatus was isolated from rotting wood and can produce some interesting enzymes that may have application in the agri-food industries, P. maneffei can cause human disease, mainly in HIV patients. A. nidulans was probably one of the first fungi I studied as a microbiology undergraduate, and has been very important in the study of recombination, DNA repair and experimental evolution.Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Fungi for Christmas!
The image below is my Christmas card to you all. I didn't create it - the image has been doing the rounds on a science website, but it is truly a microbiologist's Christmas card.
For those who are interested, the Petri dish was seeded with the following: