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Black Bread Mold - Rhizopus stolonifer This is an economically important fungus because it causes stored food to decompose. It occurs on over 300 species, most commonly on fruit. In sweet potatoes, it causes Rhizopus soft rot by infecting fresh wounds on the potatoes.<br />
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Habitat: Sweet potato<br />
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Habitat: Sweet potato<br />
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Habitat: Sweet potato<br />
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Black Bread Mold - Rhizopus stolonifer

This is an economically important fungus because it causes stored food to decompose. It occurs on over 300 species, most commonly on fruit. In sweet potatoes, it causes Rhizopus soft rot by infecting fresh wounds on the potatoes.

Habitat: Sweet potato

Black Bread Mold - Rhizopus stolonifer This is an economically important fungus because it causes stored food to decompose. It occurs on over 300 species, most commonly on fruit. In sweet potatoes, it causes Rhizopus soft rot by infecting fresh wounds on the potatoes.<br />
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Habitat: Sweet potato<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/87172/black_bread_mold_-_rhizopus_stolonifer.html<br />
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Black Bread Mold - Rhizopus stolonifer This is an economically important fungus because it causes stored food to decompose. It occurs on over 300 species, most commonly on fruit. In sweet potatoes, it causes Rhizopus soft rot by infecting fresh wounds on the potatoes.<br />
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Habitat: Sweet potato<br />
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    comments (8)

  1. Great detail in this photo! Posted 10 days ago
    1. Thanks, Lisa! Posted 10 days ago
  2. Super cool, Christine, amazing how you manage to make such a questionable organism so beautiful. Posted 10 days ago
    1. Thanks, I'm disappointed with the results and will try again next time I have moldy potatoes. They were so fantastically gross! I put them in a jar for several days after I took these photos with the intention of taking more shots, but Dave was so grossed out that I chucked them for his sake. They liquefied and smelled so bad. Posted 10 days ago
      1. lol, I wish I knew where I put that GIF I once used on you, with the girl's science project at school, would be fitting here.

        Not sure why you're disappointed, I think these shots are excellent.
        Posted 10 days ago
        1. Haha, I am known for having jars of odd, decomposing things on the kitchen counter!

          I was disappointed because I should have isolated parts of the mold - the little, black sporangia would have been cool to get clear shots of. I have to be careful around molds like this because I have a compromised immune system and this fungus can infect people like me, and cause gnarly problems, like death. So, I think I rushed the shots a bit...plus, Dave was practically gagging over it...
          Posted 10 days ago
          1. Death would be highly inconvenient, if not a fairly steep price to pay for photographing a mold. Seriously, take good care.

            I think you did a great job. This is a super tricky focus job. Even on a tripod it's difficult to see the correct depth due to the many layers.

            If you're using a tripod or other steady surface, this would be an ideal candidate for a focus stack.
            Posted 10 days ago
            1. Thanks, a tripod would definitely be helpful next time. I’d like to tweeze some of the strands out to make it easier to photograph, but as soon as you touch this stuff, it flattens and sort of melts. No worries - I wear gloves, goggle, and mask, and clean my forceps with alcohol afterwards...so, precautions are taken. Good thing I spent so many years working in a lab with pathogens, the experience is useful for things like this ;P. Posted 10 days ago

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''Rhizopus stolonifer'' is commonly known as black bread mold. It is a member of ''Zygomycota'' and considered the most important species in the genus ''Rhizopus''. It is one of the most common fungi in the world and has a global distribution although it is most commonly found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is a common agent of decomposition of stored foods. Like other members of the genus ''Rhizopus'', ''R. stolonifer'' grows rapidly, mostly in indoor environments.

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Uploaded Dec 1, 2019. Captured Nov 12, 2019 16:45 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/3.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm