Orange Co., NC
Nifty time lapse from Cornell
a fungus that attacks insects.
It is infecting my peaches while they are still on the tree.. Two peaches anyway. Perhaps my habit of throwing all the kitchen scraps under the peach tree contributed to this.
many dead immature Carolina grasshoppers clinging to tops of vegetation. Aparently "called 'summit disease'. This condition is commonly seen in insects that are infected with microbial pathogens." http://entnemdept.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/field/american_grasshopper.htm
And again, my daughter needs to clean her horse stalls.... these are hair-like.
Petri Dish, potato dextrose agar
Unknown fly infected with a fungal parasite.
I grew this amazing mold by accident. This is on red cabbage.
The soil sample was collected during the winter months and kept at 4 degrees C until processing.
This fungus can easily be mistaken for a chytrid, especially species of Catenaria. It is a fast grower, even at cold temperatures. In pure culture, it does not produce aerial sporangia often. Chlamydospores are produced abundantly along the hyphae, which are aseptate. The chlamydospores superficially resemble zoosporangia.
It appears to be homothallic, and produces zygospores with apposed suspensors. One is typically much larger than the other.
Identification is based off morphology and a partial 28s rRNA gene sequence.
It exists as a pure culture in the University of Alabama culture collection.
Zygomycota, or zygote fungi, is a phylum of fungi. The name comes from zygosporangia, where resistant spherical spores are formed during sexual reproduction. Approximately 1060 species are known. They are mostly terrestrial in habitat, living in soil or on decaying plant or animal material. Some are parasites of plants, insects, and small animals, while others form symbiotic relationships with plants. Zygomycete hyphae may be coenocytic, forming septa only where gametes are formed or to wall off...