Fungi that decompose hair?...........

Achim Recktenwald, PhD achim at ibex.ca
Thu Jan 30 08:19:10 EST 1997


Depree, Jonathan A wrote:
> 
> In article <32ECF121.74B6 at ibex.ca> "Achim Recktenwald, PhD" <achim at ibex.ca> writes:
> >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:
> 
> >[snip]
> >>
> >> Presumably hair is fairly resistant to microbial breakdown (keratin,
> >> disulphide bonds ?).
> 
> >[snip]
> 
> >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.


I asked, because so far I have never heard that disulphide bonds are a
noticeable problem for microorganism or fungi. 

Therefore, my question again: Is this just an idea of yours, or do you
know of any example. Would be really of interest for me.

Cheers,

Achim



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