Fungi that decompose hair?...........
Lester.Pasarell at utmb.edu
Wed Jan 29 09:31:58 EST 1997
At 11:23 AM 1/29/97 +0000, you wrote:
>In article <32ECF121.74B6 at ibex.ca> "Achim Recktenwald, PhD" <achim at ibex.ca>
>>From: "Achim Recktenwald, PhD" <achim at ibex.ca>
>>Subject: Re: Fungi that decompose hair?...........
>>Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 13:17:07 -0500
>>Austin Reade wrote:
>>> Presumably hair is fairly resistant to microbial breakdown (keratin,
>>> disulphide bonds ?).
>>Is this just a guess or do you have some data to support this?
>It's probably true, but not particularly relevant. My experience of fungi is
>that between them they can eat just about anything. I have no doubt that, in
>time, we'll see mould growing on old PET coke bottles.
>Lincoln University, P.O. Box 84, Canterbury, New Zealand.
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>people advice. They killed him. (school history howler)
Funny...I guess a previous message that I posted about fungi and hair was
not received by some in the newsgroup ...but hair is fairly consumed by
fungi in the genus Chysosporium , Trychophyton, Microsporum and
Epidermophyton...almost all of them with synamorphs in the
ascomycetes........many of the genera are also known as the agents of
ringworm....since your epithelial skin also contains keratin. Not all of
them are human or animal pathogens...so if you want to isolate a new genus
just put some sterile horse, cat or human hair in top of some soil from
anywhere on earth and you will probably isolate some keratinophilic
......I would still prefer the smell of drano in my hair clogged pipes
than the smell that some keratinophilic fungi produce when in contact with
hair...it smells like a old rotten fish....
and yep they do grow on plastic coke bottles...just give them some time....
you all have fun with your project of unclogging pipes.....
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