Aircraft components fungi???

B. Wasilauskas bwasilau at ISNET.IS.WFU.EDU
Mon Nov 21 17:13:02 EST 1994


At 12:46 PM 11/20/94, Guy Tremblay wrote:
>
>In the ATCC collection of filamentous fungi catalogue, more precisely in 
the Strains 
>with Special Applications Section there is an application that is bugging 
me. This is 
>the application:
>
>Aircraft components
>     testing
>        Aspergillus flavus
>                    "       niger
>                    "       ustus
>                    "       versicolor
>         Chaetomium globosum
>         Fusarium monoliform
>etc...
>
>What is this about? Are these fungi that like to take the plane (Hey, I met 
Rusty the 
>fungi in a 747 back from Jakarta)? Or are they simply organisms used for 
airplanes 
>testing? If so, what for exactly?
>
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 Guy:
The ATCC info was just recently declassified by the USAF. The fungi in 
question have sturdy cell walls and produce aerial hyphae which makes them 
ideal compounds for use in the stealth bomber technology. The USAF is now 
working with some basidiomycetes to be used in parachutes. SciFI comes to 
life!    
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