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Frogblog2: Origin and spread of the frog chytrid

Part deux of our two-part series on the frog chytrid, a fungus that is wiping out amphibians all over the world.

what the?

Mystery liverwort fungus, chapter two

Part 2 in FAM’s series on the mysterious liverwort fungus. What the heck is this? Mycology is hard.


Frogblog1: Chytridiomycosis and global amphibian decline

Poor, poor froggies. Although we love fungi, we definitely do not love the chytrid fungus that is busy killing frogs and other amphibians all over the world. It is an evil and highly unusual fungus (not that some other fungi aren’t evil), in that it is the only known vertebrate pathogen among chytrids. Here is a primer in two parts.


Blewit eaters

Blewits are tasty purple mushrooms, so it’s always exciting to find them. But imagine how excited I was when I found they had an ornate and seldom-seen parasitic mold growing on them. Do you know me at all? I was ecstatic.

a mystery

The Friday Afternoon Mycologist

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?

spider fungus

A spider’s nightmare

I’m no fan of spiders, but I have to admire them when they are thoroughly dead and covered in fungus. Here are two fungusy spiders in glorious rotation. That’s right, I’m no fan of spiders, but I am definitely a fan of fungi.


Lemon lapse time rot

Moldy lemons aren’t victims of just any mold–they have their own specific pair of evil parasites. Here a lemon succumbs to one of those evil Penicillium twins, in time lapse.

Hemlock Rust

Complementary Colors–Hemlock rust

Poplar and hemlock can together support a happy population of rust fungi. Either one alone? No rust. Rusts are weird.


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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