identify a fuel-loving fungus?

Darvin DeShazer muscaria at pacbell.net
Mon Apr 2 03:29:30 EST 2001


The NATURE video called "The Rotton World of Fungi"  talks about 
military ships that get their fuel filters clogged by a fungus that eats 
diesel fuel.  No clue is given to its idenity.
Darvin




In article <3AC3469F.81548A5 at ic.ac.uk>, Edwin Hutton 
<e.hutton at ic.ac.uk> wrote:

>sam.ross at dsto.defence.gov.auANTISPAM wrote:
>> 
>> Dear Netter Nutters,
>> 
>> I see that an earlier post mentions microbial contamination of fuel.
>> Several years ago, a microbiologist showed me a large conical flask
>>  containing half diesel fuel and half water - at the interface,
>> there was growing a large fungus that looked a bit like a faded
>> brown moth-eaten sponge.  It was fascinating.  This gentleman
>> kept his fungus as a 'pet', but when he retired he took his pet
>> with him.  I'm keen to identify what sort of fungus it might have
>> been.  Could anyone enlighten me, or point me at any information
>> on fungi or other microbes that live happily in
>> water-contaminated petrochemical fuel? (The library here has a
>> dearth of micro text, these days).
>
>I can't help with identification, but when I learnt about fungi
>on a course in Sheffield University (England) we were told that
>there was even a fungus that grew on aviation spirit. I too would
>be quite interested in any information, as we were not told which
>fungus it is.




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