[Mycology] Re: Mystery Clear Gel: slime mold or what? (Glenn Johnson)

Glenn Johnson via mycology%40net.bio.net (by glennjo from yahoo.com)
Mon Nov 24 14:53:52 EST 2008


Thanks for getting back to me.  There are a few cherry trees (a domestic and some wild prunus spp) on the site, but not within 50 meters of where the gel was found.  There are ash and cottonwood trees as well, but again not directly above where the cars are parked. The material has not been found under trees--always out in the open (and not associated with times when wind has gusted which might have blown it far rom the trees).     

The substance is a bit more like Jello that hasn't quite set, as opposed to loose bits of material that hold together well. Gooey, and a mess when you apply windshield wipers to it, yet not at all resinous.  
Thanks, Glenn

--- On Mon, 11/24/08, J & J <aloe from netrover.com> wrote:
From: J & J <aloe from netrover.com>
Subject: Mystery Clear Gel: slime mold or what? (Glenn Johnson)
To: "Glenn Johnson" <glennjo from yahoo.com>
Cc: mycology from net.bio.net
Date: Monday, November 24, 2008, 10:47 AM

  Do you have cherry trees on your property? Infected cherry sap can have 
 a gelatinous consistency, surprisingly similar to jelly fungi, and we  find
 it in fallen lumps like that. 



    1. Mystery Clear Gel: slime mold or what? (Glenn Johnson) 




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  Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 19:38:54 -0800 (PST) 

  From: Glenn Johnson 
  <glennjo from yahoo.com>

  Subject: [Mycology] Mystery Clear Gel: slime mold or what? 

  "leon from mushroomthejournal.com"
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  Dear Leon and/or Lorelie,   

  I found your email addresses through the Mushroom Journal and some googling, 
 and thought you may be able to help us.  My family currently lives east of
 Springfield, Oregon near the small towns of Jasper, McKenzie, and Dexter 
(all on the west side of the Cascade Mountains).  For years we've been occasionally 
 finding a mysterious clear, gel-like substance, mostly on our windshields 
 but on roads or the ground as well.  It has no smell, no taste(!), and domestic 
 animals are not interested in it.  It has appeared quite suddenly (within 
 15 minutes of a cars return to the house, for example), usually after or 
during rains.  Observed samples vary widely in size, but usually about a 1/4
cup which may be in one lump or spread out in quarter-sized bits.  We dried 
a sample once and it shrinks to a rubber-like consistency--yet re-constitutes 
 back to original gel when added to water.      

  Have you heard of anything like this before?  We have no idea what it is,
 and are curious if it might be some sort of slime mold....(though one mycologist
 we asked was stumped..).  Whatever it is, if you can help identify it we
would very much appreciate it.   

  If  you'd like we can send a picture and/or a sample.    

  Thank you,  Glenn Johnson 

  glennjo from yahoo.com

  Glenn Johnson MS Graduate Assistant 

  School of Natural Resources 

  University of Arizona 

  Tucson, Arizona 85719  
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  glennjo from email.arizona.edu





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