identify a fuel-loving fungus?

sam.ross at sam.ross at
Thu Mar 29 04:20:29 EST 2001

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).

Sam Ross (jealous biochemist who doesn't have a microbiological pet)

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