Fungi in compost

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Fungi in compost

Post by NellyDee » Tue May 19, 2015 1:21 pm

Cannot give a better photo, as had to take on full macro, then zoom the photo, but this is more of a question. Planted some seeds in bought general compost. These miniscule (size of a pin head) fungi seem to appear over night, and are gone before 11am (very short life cycle). a) never seen anything quite so small and b) what sort of fungi is it. Most are round headed as in photo and some have slightly indented caps tinged with green (seen under magnifying glass).
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Post by Lancashire Lad » Tue May 19, 2015 2:29 pm

Hi NellyDee,

Nice to see that you've joined UK Fungi.

Interesting find you've got - but unfortunately I can't hazard a guess as to what it might be.

Hopefully someone will have a better idea!

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Re: Fungi in compost

Post by NellyDee » Wed May 20, 2015 8:45 am

Thanks Mike - had to follow you guys. So many times over the years you have IDd fungi for me.

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Re: Fungi in compost

Post by NellyDee » Fri May 22, 2015 11:48 am

Still no ideas as to what this fungi can be? I would love to know :)

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Post by adampembs » Fri May 22, 2015 10:39 pm

Did the fungus (singular, as the fruiting bodies are all from one individual organism) develop at all? Might be more chance of a id with a clearer photo :)
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Re: Fungi in compost

Post by NellyDee » Wed May 27, 2015 9:31 am

No, as I said, they appeared some with caps and were gone within minutes of me taking the lid off the seed tray. These photos were the best I could do with the macro on my camera - I even tried taking a photo through a magnifying glass. They stopped appearing when the sunflower seed started to develop leaves, and the lid had to be removed to allow them to grow taller. This is one of the other photos I took the sunflower seed gives some idea of scale
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Post by adampembs » Wed May 27, 2015 11:08 am

Could it be a Cudoniella? Did it look like any of these Google image search
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Post by Lancashire Lad » Wed May 27, 2015 12:15 pm

I'm tempted to think it might have been one of the very tiny inkcaps that sometimes appear on compost/manure/dead herbaceous material, etc. etc.
Some of those are extremely small and very short lived.

But - without more detailed photos - just a guess. ;)

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Re: Fungi in compost

Post by adampembs » Wed May 27, 2015 3:49 pm

Another possibility is young Lycoperdon pyriforme
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Re: Fungi in compost

Post by NellyDee » Thu May 28, 2015 10:47 am

I went through the google link images and the closest ones were of Cudoniella clavus, especially the slight green tinge, however the cap on the ones in compost were more bell shaped and what I could see of the stem seemed to be a very pale beige colour and a bit flakey (not the right word). none of the other images looked like it.

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Post by Lancashire Lad » Thu May 28, 2015 2:24 pm

Hi Nelly,

Does your compost contain organic "manure"?

I'm still tempted to think that you might have one of the very tiny inkcaps.

I'm by no means suggesting this (Coprinopsis stercorea) is the species you have, but does this look more like your fungus?
http://www.first-nature.com/fungi/copri ... rcorea.php


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Re: Fungi in compost

Post by Wood Wanderer » Thu May 28, 2015 3:27 pm

I reckon Mike could well be right, attached is my attempt to capture the fully developed Coprinopsis stercorea, not at all easy as it barely lasted long enough once I removed the lid from my DIY mini greenhouse ...

Mine was on sheep dung not compost though

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