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The fungus in my maple syrup

“Last week an uninvited guest showed up for breakfast. As I poured maple syrup over my son’s waffle, Plop! A perfect dime-sized fungus colony spilled out to crown that waffle like a malevolent pat of butter.” Meet Wallemia sebi!

mystery liverwort fungus

Mystery liverwort fungus, chapter 5

FAM is still trying to figure out what to call his liverwort fungus. Taxonomy is surprisingly hard sometimes. And just when you think you’re onto something, you find another can of worms. This one’s called Microxiphium.

Mushrooms in Samoa

Daisuke Goto – The first to cultivate mushrooms in Samoa

Our correspondent and Cornell grad student visits Samoa, and reports on the state of mushroom cultivation methods in the South Pacific.


Most people don't pay much attention to fungi, which include things like mushrooms, molds, yeasts, and mildews. Here at Cornell we think they're pretty fascinating. In fact, even the most disgusting foot diseases and moldy strawberries are dear to our hearts. We'd like to talk to you about fungi, so that like us, you too can tell gross stories at the dinner table. Afterwards, maybe you'll notice some things you would have overlooked before, and we think this could be good for the planet.

Kathie T. Hodge, Editor

Beneath Notice, our book of borescopic mycology.


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