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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Glyphium elatum

At the splendid 'microscopy tutorial' that Brian Douglas gave us on 1st June, one tiny species we looked at was Glyphium elatum.  A post on this Blog 5th Oct 2014 gives a picture of the fb and at microscopy we saw the extremely long thin spores.
This species grows on various tree species and I have seen it on willow and apple.  Looking at papers on the 'web' I was surprised to see that it is a species detected from discoloured stone, including marble, monuments !  A detailed study of Milan cathederal using DNA methods showed that one of the many organisms (many lichens) was Glyphium elatum and the DNA gave a 100% match.
 Fungi are strange beasts !

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