Fun With Fungi

Microscopic Images of Some Environmental Isolates

I have had the opportunity to spend a bit of time the past few weeks working on identification of some yeast and mold isolates that have come through my lab. A couple of the images were captured using a 5 megapixel CMOS chip set equipped moticam digital microscope camera on a Motic AE31e inverted phase contrast microscope. The others are all from my stereo microscope (info to come) using my Samsung smart phone attached to one eyepiece with an off the shelf optical adapter. Enjoy!

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Unknown mold ~40X showing conidiophores (spore forming structures)
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Conidiophores from same mold ~70X. You can almost make out the individual spores. 70X is the max magnification on the sterrescope I have.
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Same ~50X
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Gorgeous orange flower looking structure on unknown mold. ~40x
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He looks like a face wearing a cap. ~50X
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Unusual blue coloration on this mold
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same at lower mag
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Aspergillus spp. 300x
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Unknown mold most likely Aspergillus, 300X. The small ovoid shapes are the mold spores.

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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