The man with the mouldy car needed an answer fast. It was not a matter of the tax value of the mould or the car, just that law required that the car be inspected. The unionists being unwilling, he would enter the car himself. What should he do? I had a vision of him removing the entire seat and hauling it to my lab, and then me trying to flatten it so it could be stored in our herbarium. But instead, I told him…
It’s Spring in the northern woods, so other-worldly orange and pink slime is oozing out of hardwood stumps. What could this possibly be? Let’s ask the Friday Afternoon Mycologist! Today he explores some of these weeping trees, and finds a thriving yeast jamboree. He teams up with Molecule Man to identify the suspects, and together they shed light on a neglected bit of forest ecology.
Lots of small twisty things, entwined. Some of them are moving. What the heck is going on here?
Here the FAM recounts the history of the scientific reprint, recalls past joys requesting and receiving reprints in the mail, and issues an appeal for a new invention–a tool to aid in inserting more papers to an already full filing cabinet. Luckily for him, the time of the PDF reprint is upon us.
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.
The Friday Afternoon Mycology and Molecule Man are closing in on the identity of the liverwort fungus. In this episode we relate the results of PCR, question the eating habits of organ transplant patients, and finish up by chanting the DNA sequences aloud. But where has it gotten us?
What could it be, this liverwort thing? Has anyone ever seen this before? FAM pursues the fungus through the musty dusty literature and the well-stocked but torturous passageways of his own brain. Finally, the magical powers of Santa Claus are invoked.
Part 2 in FAM’s series on the mysterious liverwort fungus. What the heck is this? Mycology is hard.
The Friday Afternoon Mycologist makes his first appearance on the Blog, and tells us about his vexing and/or intriguing liverwort fungus. Why is mycology so hard? And why do all truly interesting things happen on Friday afternoons?