Funky Fungal Holiday Art

Top: Talaromyces stipitatus; Tree: Aspergillus nidulans; Ornaments: Penicillium marneffei; Trunk: Aspergillus terreus.

I took microbiology in college and we totally did NOT do this...the scientists in the mycology lab at the J. Craig Venter Institute sure decided to spice up their lab with a little holiday art by growing fungus.  Their website showed three photos of holiday fungus art: a green Christmas tree, a snow man, and a white Christmas tree.  See below and hover over the rest of the images for the names of the fungi used to grow into these funky holiday forms!

Hat, Eyes, Mouth, Buttons: Aspergillus niger; Arms: Aspergillus nidulans; Nose: Aspergillus terreus with Penicillium marneffei; Body: Neosartorya fischeri.

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