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Rhizopus: bad hair day

Postal conks

You never know when you'll get a conk in the mail. With forked fungus beetles inside! Sep 2011

Henningsomyces by Joe Warfel

Small Wonder

Log lifter's treasure: a laudatory portrait of Henningsomyces by Larry Millman. Aug 2011

Pestalotiopsis spores

Moldy love song

I love molds, microscopes, and really good books. Jul 2011

Moldy bread is cool

Know your enemies. Including that kitchen mold that's subverting your sandwichy intentions. Rhizopus! Villain. May 2011

Spiral, by Paul McEuen

Fictional mycology

Fungi can be supervillians or heroes, and nowhere better than in this new thriller, Spiral. Apr 2011

Panellus stipticus, by its own light

Evening glow

Panellus stipticus, a drab little mushroom. It glows in the dark as it grows in the park near me. Nov 2010

Peregrine falcon

Of Fungus and Falcons

Falconers, look out for fungi! Aug 2010

cheeky cheeky stinkhorn

A fungus walks into a singles bar

Some fungi have 1000s of "genders." Here's a primer on the fungal singles bar scene. Jun 2010

Percy the cat

Ringworm in Cats: Percy’s Case

Percy is an old cat, experienced in battling infection. Here's his story. May 2010

stumpy ooze

Tree slime, stump flux and microbial consortia

Orange goop oozing from a tree stump like the aftermath of a grisly beheading? Yep, fungus. Apr 2010

Mycena chlorophanos

This bark glows in the dark! Bioluminescence in mushrooms

You don't have to travel to Pandora to see glowing mushrooms. Apr 2010

Paul Stamets hunting Agarikon


These conks are rare now; perhaps extinct in parts of Europe and Asia. We explore their use by Native Americans. Apr 2010


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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