Fungi with moss as hosts

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Fungi with moss as hosts

Post by jimmymac2 » Sun May 31, 2015 11:26 am

Are there any fungi which are specialised to have moss as hosts? The reason I'm asking is because our lawn is made up of as much Springy-Turf Moss as there is grass, so it would be good for fungi which have moss as hosts. This means I would like to know which species so that I know what to look out for! ;)
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Re: Fungi with moss as hosts

Post by adampembs » Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:10 pm

Yes, there are lots, but no list or book as far as I know.
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Post by jimmymac2 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:54 pm

Do you know any examples for this time of year or is that too much to ask? :D
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Post by adampembs » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:17 pm

Sorry I don't, but always keep your eyes open! :P
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Post by jimmymac2 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:31 pm

That's fine - and great referral to my 'motto'! :D
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Re: Fungi with moss as hosts

Post by Lancashire Lad » Tue Jun 09, 2015 4:27 pm

The linked website below relates specifically to bryoparasitic Pezizales.

Note that the site, although with English language text, is of German origin. Some of the species mentioned may not have been recorded in UK.

http://www.octospora.de/index.htm

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Post by jimmymac2 » Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:20 pm

Specific website! If I find fungi on bryos I will look on this site, definitely. I'll also post it here, of course, for confirmation! ;)
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Re: Fungi with moss as hosts

Post by diggleken » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:00 pm

Jimmy, I had loads of Arrhenia retiruga on moss in my lawn two houses back - and its quite common once seen, but extremely tough to take a decent pic of - just keep your eye out for white sort of flakes attached to the moss stalks - then that's the kiddie. :)
Again, I'm quite sure very under-recorded!
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Re: Fungi with moss as hosts

Post by Chris Yeates » Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:35 pm

jimmymac2 wrote:Specific website! If I find moss on bryos I will look on this site, definitely. I'll also post it here, of course, for confirmation! ;)
Hi
you might need to do a little more than that. For the bryoparasitic ascomycetes on that site you often need to know the host moss (sometimes to species :( ) as many are highly host specific. You then need to examine the spore ornamentation and other microfeatures. There is a lot of valuable work to be done here though. This thread (worth reading all the way down) recounts the discovery of a species new to the UK (and only described in 2006) which may in time prove to be quite widespread here: http://www.ascofrance.com/search_forum/33151

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Re: Fungi with moss as hosts

Post by jimmymac2 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 5:42 pm

Hi Chris,
Moss ID to species is no problem for me, I've been doing bryology much longer than mycology.
Anyway, I think this might be Arrhenia retiruga. Found today in the lawn. On Plagiomnium undulatum.
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