Fungal Fun for the Holidays

Fungal Snowman

Snowman made of Aspergillus fungi.
Credit: The J. Craig Venter Institute, 2010

Too bad the semester just ended at the University of Oklahoma, because one of my students just sent me a link that I could have used in both of my classes (mycology and nonmajors biology). The link is to a blog at the J. Craig Venter Institute.

Researchers at the JCVI used fungi like Penicillium and Aspergillus as “paints” on a “canvas” of agar. The resulting “paintings” of Christmas trees and snowmen are colorful and surprisingly detailed.

The photos were originally posted back in 2010, but that doesn’t make them any less fun!

Happy Holidays!

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