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by Pitufo
Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:41 pm
Forum: Microscopes, Cameras, Equipment, Technology
Topic: Potassium permanganate 3%
Replies: 4
Views: 2522

Potassium permanganate 3%

A quick share of a new staining technique I hadn't come across before. Good for small hyaline spores.

https://micro-science.co.uk/product/pot ... manganate/

Thank you to Claude Bayet for this suggestion.
by Pitufo
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Myxomycete of the Day
Replies: 68
Views: 17151

Re: Myxomycete of the Day

Thanks Adam.

Here's another shot of the same species taken more recently.
by Pitufo
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Microscopes, Cameras, Equipment, Technology
Topic: Buying a microscope - questions
Replies: 13
Views: 3963

Re: Buying a microscope - questions

I agree with Andreas - a modern microscope can be the best option for a mycologist. A good one will have decent quality achromatic objectives, LED illumination (and a guarantee). This is perfectly adequate for normal use and the best solution to take for a weekend away (of course, I have an interest...
by Pitufo
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:03 pm
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Myxomycete of the Day
Replies: 68
Views: 17151

Re: Myxomycete of the Day

Cribraria violacea from willow bark humid-chamber culture.
by Pitufo
Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Myxo on poroid fungus
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

Re: Myxo on poroid fungus

Hi Adam It is always worth taking a sample - myxos can be kept for decades if stored dry. Here's how to do it http://www.fungi.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1463 I'm hoping to build up a bank of images of UK species here http://nefsg.co.uk/myxogallery There is a free key here http://www.myx.dk/dk/dkkey...
by Pitufo
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:57 am
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Myxo on poroid fungus
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

Re: Myxo on poroid fungus

Hi Adam It looks like one of the Physarales - it may just be using the fungus as a support for fruiting rather than a food source. It also looks like it is fruiting on the surrounding wood. Badhamia utricularis uses bracket fungi as a food source but it looks like bunches of grapes hanging down. Did...
by Pitufo
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Physarum mutabile?
Replies: 9
Views: 1721

Re: Physarum mutabile?

Details for your local recorder. Date, grid reference and substrate will be needed.

http://www.nnns.org.uk/content/fungus-s ... -home-page
by Pitufo
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Physarum mutabile?
Replies: 9
Views: 1721

Re: Physarum mutabile?

Thanks James and Mike Please find attached a few annotated photos as requested by James. Physarum mutabile looks good to me - with a couple of caveats. Firstly, the spores were very variable in size. Secondly, the lime notes on the capillitium were not as distinct as I expected them to be (and diffi...
by Pitufo
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Fungi on miscellaneous substrates (not soil or wood)
Topic: Literature & resources for Fungi on Misc. Substrates
Replies: 4
Views: 3862

Re: Literature & resources for Fungi on Misc. Substrates

Information on hyphomycetes from the University of Adelaide. The main focus is on pathogens but there seems to be plenty of crossover

http://mycology.adelaide.edu.au/Fungal_Descriptions/

And a quiz... ;) http://mycology.adelaide.edu.au/virtual/
by Pitufo
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:27 am
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: Physarum mutabile?
Replies: 9
Views: 1721

Re: Physarum mutabile?

Hi James I have posted a bit of info on how to pack here http://www.fungi.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1463&p=7537#p7537 Drying is fine for preservation. If you send me a sample and keep some to look at, I will post a few photos of the most important bits (spores, capillitium and lime granules, etc) a...
by Pitufo
Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Myxomycetes (slime moulds)
Topic: How to box a myxo for storage or sending in the post.
Replies: 0
Views: 1123

How to box a myxo for storage or sending in the post.

What you need: a matchbox, some card and glue (UHU or similar is best). A well-dried specimen (warm room temp for a few days is usually sufficient for drying small specimens). 1. Cut a piece of card slightly longer than the match box base and fold the end up slightly, to make a tray which fits snugl...
by Pitufo
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:54 pm
Forum: Microscopes, Cameras, Equipment, Technology
Topic: Microscope camera
Replies: 35
Views: 10371

Re: Microscope camera

Thanks Leif