lens-eating fungi

Stephan Helfer S.Helfer at rbg-3.rbge.org.uk
Thu Feb 26 00:54:12 EST 1998


Does anybody know which fungal taxa are involved?

Stephan Helfer
Royal Botanic Garden
Inverleith Row
Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Scotland UK

> Date:          Wed, 25 Feb 1998 07:34:09 -0500
> To:            microscopy at sparc5.microscopy.com
> From:          "Dr. David Hall" <hall at aecom.yu.edu>
> Subject:       lens-eating fungi

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> We have encountered the same type of fungus here in New York City, growing
> on the surface of a diamond knife.  As the fungus approached the sharp edge
> of the knife, that portion was ruined.  The precipitating cause seemed to
> be a knife storage box which was air tight, and our own carelessness.  If
> the knife was placed into the box wet, and the box shut before the knife
> had dried, the fungus grew.  Over time, the fungus eventually attacked the
> entire knife surface, despite efforts to dry the knife after each use.  
> David Hall
> Department of Neuroscience
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