[Plant-education] example fungi?

Pale, Fatimata FPale at thiel.edu
Sat Aug 27 22:55:25 EST 2005

Thank you for the Fungi Lab:
Would you please send us the word document of the Fungi experiment. I would like to use it in my lab.


From: plant-ed-bounces at oat.bio.indiana.edu on behalf of Perry, Jim
Sent: Sat 8/27/2005 8:43 PM
To: Fisher, Roxanne; plant-ed at magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: RE: [Plant-education] example fungi?

I used to teach a fungi course, and I found the students to be really interested in them. That's where I first got my reputation for being a fun guy.
It all depends upon what you want to show. If you create some plates of potato dextrose agar or corn meal agar and simply open them to the atmosphere for a couple minutes after the agar has solidified and cooled you will undoubtedly get Penicillium or Aspergillus. I suggest taping the plates shut to avoid any problems. Incubate at room temp and/or body temp for a couple days and you should have all kinds of mold. 
I can offer a whole bunch of different fungal experiments you (or better, your students) can do that are really pretty neat and interesting. These experiments are also found in Perry, Morton and Perry lab manual (Wadsworth or IT Thompson or whatever they are calling themselves these days). {If you don't have a copy and want the experiments, please ask and I will send you a Word document with these (and anyone else who wants them) plus also the instructions for culture}
One of the neatest things that will be sure to gross out the students (i.e. interest them) is to take some fresh horse dung, place it in a deep culture dish with a moistened piece of filter paper, cover and incubate for several days. Likely your dung cultures will produce wonderful Pilobolus colonies. These have phototropic sporangiophores that shoot their sporangia by a hydraulic mechanism directionally, if you use unidirectional light. I believe this is described in Raven, Evert and Eichhorn, Biology of Plants. 
James W. Perry, Ph.D. 
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From: plant-ed-bounces at oat.bio.indiana.edu [mailto:plant-ed-bounces at oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of Fisher, Roxanne
Sent: Saturday, August 27, 2005 12:01 PM
To: plant-ed at magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: [Plant-education] example fungi?

Dear Plant-Ed folks:


I am teaching intro bio this fall, and since I'm covering the fungi I thought it would be fun to have a few Petri dishes of example fungi to pass around the class.  The only problem is that I know next to nothing about the fungi so when I looked in the Carolina catalogue I had no idea what to order!  Could any of you suggest some example fungi that I could get from Carolina or some other commercial source?







Roxanne Fisher (rfisher at chatham.edu)

Assistant Professor of Biology

Buhl Hall

Chatham College

Woodland Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15232





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