Mold Research: Student Research Quest
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Tue Feb 15 02:36:57 EST 1994
>Date: 14 Feb 1994 11:15:37 -0800
>From: cwisnia at eis.calstate.edu (Cory M Wisnia)
>Reply-to: cwisnia at eis.calstate.edu (Cory M Wisnia)
>To: "bionet.mycology mail newsgroup"
><bionet-news at dl.ac.uk>
>Subject: Mold Research: Student Research Quest
>February 8, 1994
>Hello. My name is Rhea Rynearson. I'm an 8th grade
>student at Mendocino Middle School and I'm doing a science
>project on mold. I have some questions that I have not
>been able to find the answers for in our local school
>What are some different kinds of useful molds other than
>for cheeses and penicillin which are well known?
You will find a lot of useful info in the ATCC Catalogue.
Contact American Type Culture Collection, 12301 Parklawn
Drive, Rockville, MD 20852-1776. FAX: 301 231 5826.
Also available by Gopher, or by telnetting to atcc.nih.gov.
For help send e-mail to help at atcc.nih.gov
>Why are some kinds of mold be deadly poisonous? What part
>of the body do they affect?
It is part of their way to survive. Their external
communication in the (micro-)ecosystem where they live.
Most moulds produce a profile of "toxins" (secondary
metabolites), some metabolites are very small (=cheap to
produce, easy to excrete) and can very often act as metal
chelators (a way to eliminate chemical defence systems),
others are more complex (expensive to produce) and are
actually the "toxic" compounds. So the mixture of different
compounds is very important for the interaction between
Nearly all parts of your body can be harmed by fungal
metabolites. Even the smell may harm you!! Be careful.
>What are some of the benefits from various molds besides
>blue cheese and penicillin?
A lot of different enzymes are produced - see the ATCC
>Are there molds which are now being used for new drugs for
Yes, eg. anticarcinogenic compounds - see the ATCC
>Is there an ftp site or gopher site where I can find more
>information, or a LISTSERVE that you know about?
The ATCC database.
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